DA allots P2 B for youth agripreneurship programs
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), is offering an initial P2 billion that young students and entrepreneurs can borrow to start any agriculture, fishery or agribusiness venture.
“This is our way to attract the younger generation of Filipinos to be key players in attaining our vision of a food-secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fishers,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
To be specific, the P2 billion will be used to implement two lending programs, namely the Young Agripreneurs Loan Program (YALP), and Micro and Small Agribusiness Loan Program (MSALP).
“We have to replace aging farmers with younger blood — our Pinoy millennials — who are the future of Philippine agriculture,” said Dar, who also chairs the ACPC governing council.
Eligible to avail of YALP loans are agri-fishery graduates and young hobbyists, aged 15 to 30 years old. They can borrow start-up funds of up to P500,000, with zero interest, payable in five years.
On other hand, under the MSALP, agri-preneurs can borrow working capital or for fixed asset acquisition, from P300,000 up to P15 million, for micro and small enterprises.
The two programs will be implemented by the ACPC through the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), ACPC-accredited cooperative banks, rural banks, cooperatives, and viable non-government organizations (NGOs).
They will be launched formally before end of January.