The agriculture and fishery industry in Palawan will be getting a total of P1.2-billion this year for various programs and projects to improve food production and increase income of local farmers in the island province.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar made the announcement during his visit in Puerto Princesa City on January 29, 2021, were he led the distribution by the Department of Agriculture (DA) of P105-million worth of farm machines under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
“Under this component of RCEF, we are distributing more than P180 million worth of machineries and farm equipment to the province,” he said.
A total of 337 units of different farm machineries were awarded to 75 rice farmer cooperatives and associations in the 17 municipalities of Palawan.
The DA through its regional office in Region 4B (MIMAROPA) also awarded cash and food subsidy assistance, indemnity checks, and fertilizer e-vouchers to hundreds of farm-beneficiaries.
In addition, the regional Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources awarded 10 units of fiberglass reinforced plastic boats and 80 sets of bottom gillnets. Total interventions awarded amount to P287.2 million.
“We will continue to support all farmers and fishers, as agriculture remains to be a major economic contributor of the country. Amidst the challenges of last year’s perfect storm, production did not go down,” Dar explained.
He added that rice production surpassed its 2017 record level of 19.2 million metric tons (MMT) with last year’s yield of 19.4MMT.
“With all your help, and the continuous and strengthened partnership of the national and local governments, I’m positive that we can hit our 2.5-percent increase this year,” Dar said. SOVEREIGNPH