The Negros Occidental National Food Authority recently received P1,567,200 for the completion of the 10,000 bags of certified seed distribution under the Rapid Seed Supply Financing Project.
Jobe Chua, NFA assistant provincial manager said the budget is intended for the remaining 1,306 bags of certified seeds allocated for the Sept. 16, 2010 to March 15, 2011 cropping season and will be dispersed to different cities and towns in the province.
This is part of the extension phase for the dry cropping season, he said. Another 7,500 bags of certified seeds will be distributed for April to September planting target until December 2011, Chua added.
RaSSFiP is the procurement and distribution of certified seeds to famer-beneficiaries at a subsidized price that aims to increase rice production in the country, Chua said.
The actual price is P1,200, but farmers only have to pay P600 as the other half is financed through RaSSFiP fund, he added.
Last January, Agriculturist Au Larupay of the DAR Regional Field Unit said the standing planted crops for certified seed production for Region VI decreased to 800 hectares for 2011 seed production that prompted them to conduct seminars and training on seed production and purification to teach seed growers how to grow quality and purified seeds since the program was stopped in December 2010.
Chua said the re-implementation of the program will help local farmers improve their crops and make the province sufficient in terms in rice production.
The project is in cooperation with the NFA, Department of Agriculture, and the local government units that handle the monitoring, identification of beneficiaries, the supervision of the palay production, he added.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development and the European Commission provided the funds for RaSSFiP, Chua also said. *LTG