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RTL First Anniversary: Ceremonial Harvesting in Manaoag, Pangasinan

Author: DA Communications Group | 6 March 2020

To celebrate the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) and the creation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) which aims to make farmers competitive by improving their yield and reducing their production cost, a ceremonial harvesting of rice was conducted on March 5, 2020 in Manaoag, Pangasinan.

Highlighting mechanization as a key strategy in reducing rice production cost, Agriculture Secretary William Dar led the ceremonial harvesting using the combine harvester in a farmer’s field planted with certified seeds from RCEF-Seed Program.

More than 200 farmers and other local officials witness the activity. (Photos by Alan Jay Jacalan of DA-AFID and Rita dela Cruz of DA-Communications Group)