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RaSSFIP underway

The National Food Authority in Negros Oriental is implementing the second phase of the Rapid Seed Supply Financing Project that is intended to increase rice production in the province.

The first phase of RaSSFIP was implemented January to October last year, while the second phase kicked off in November 2010. NFA is implementing the project together with the Department of Agriculture.

Under the project, subsidized palay certified seeds will be distributed to eligible farmers who will pay only P600 as equity for every 40-kilo per bag of certified seeds instead of P1,200. The other P600 will be shouldered by the NFA.

In the province, NFA is purchasing seeds from the Seed Growers Association of Negros Oriental, which are then distributed to qualified farmer-beneficiaries.

The NFA is also focusing efforts on ensuring the successful implementation of the project in the province to support its Rice Self-Sufficiency Plan, and increase paddy production in rain-fed and irrigated areas in the country.

RaSSFIP is one of two sub-projects under the Rapid Food Production Enhancement Program funded jointly by the Philippine Government, International Fund for Agricultural Development and the European Commission.*PIA



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