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Launching of Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginal Farmers and Fisherfolk Program and Distribution of Various DA Assistance in Quezon Province (Nov. 23, 2020)

Author: DA Communications Group | 23 November 2020

The Department of Agriculture (DA) provided thousands of farmers, fishers, and indigenous peoples (IPs) in Quezon province P1.42-billion (B) worth of farm and fishery inputs, farm machinery, livelihood projects, and cash and food aid to help them recover from the adverse impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and damages caused by strong typhoons.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar led the handing over and distribution of interventions, on November 23, 2020, coinciding with the launch of the Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginal Farmers and Fisherfolk (CFSMFF) program in Tayabas City, with an allotment of P177 million (M) for Quezon province.

It is part of the total P4.5-B CFSMFF program funded under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2.

The DA through the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) also distributed P304-M worth of farm machinery for rice farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs), which is part of the annual P10-B Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).

The DA has partnered with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), and rice farmers’ and poultry industry groups to implement the CFSMFF program nationwide.

The DA-4A Regional Field Office (RFO) also allotted P640-M worth of various agricultural inputs, including P120 M for the establishment of the Sariaya trading post and cold storages in Candelaria and Tayabas. (Photos by Gian Carlo Luague, DA-AFID)