Eliza Cumahling and Renato Bulahao, Sr. of barangays Burnay and Tungngod respectively are among the 101 recipients of the P5, 000.00 cash assistance as part of the response of the national government to assist palay farmers affected by the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law. They assured that the assistance they received will be utilized properly for buying farm inputs, for labor and other related expenditures to increase their harvest.
Mayor Martin Habawel, Jr. underscored the importance of the cash assistance given to the recipients especially that the country is under health emergency due to the corona virus pandemic.
“We know that the amount is limited but when you use it in accordance to its purpose then it will be a great help. We don’t want to hear that you misused the assistance provided by the government especially that we are in an abnormal situation,” Habawel stressed.
During the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, the local government unit through the municipal agriculture office assisted local farmers by buying their agricultural products for the purpose of food assistance to the community.
Municipal Agriculturist Dr. Marcelo Banhan disclosed that about 800 rice farmers are enrolled to the RFFA, and hopefully the others will receive the same assistance in the future. Said farmers are registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture.
He clarified that the RFFA assistance is one time and is not a loan. It is an unconditional cash transfer to compensate small scale farmers of their significant lost due to the implementation of the RTL that led to the significant drop of farm gate price.
Banhan encouraged the farmers to adopt a competitive way of farming to meet the demands of the current situation. “It’s high time that we will adopt the present farm system for a quality harvest that even we import rice products, we are still competitive,” he stated.
However, he reminded that while modern farming should be applied in commercial areas, the value of culture should not be disregarded especially in the UNESCO- declared heritage sites in the province. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon