Thursday| June 1, 2017
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is set to extend next week food aid and emergency loans for farmers and fisher folks affected by the on-going fighting in Lanao del Sur.
Yesterday, I directed all the regional offices of the DAF in Mindanao to start milling rice seeds with low germination rate so that rice could be distributed to the farming and fisher folk families displaced by the conflict.
A poultry company based in Davao City, Anas Breeder Farm, which is now producing canned ready-to-eat rice with chicken afrida or adobo has pledged to produce enough volume to be able to provide the Halal food to the evacuees who belong to the farming and the fishing sectors.
Anas Breeder Farm owner Jonathan Ng Suy said the firm's donation will be coursed through the DAF and will be continued for a certain period of time.
This will be the first time that the canned ready-to-eat rice meal, which was formulated by his sister Katherine Ng Suy, will be offered to the public.
The product is not available in the commercial market yet.
The distribution of the rice and the canned goods will be based on the listing of farming and fishing families available through the national directory of farmers and fishermen from the Dept. of Budget and Management (DBM).
The Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC ) will also be directed to validate the list of the farmers and fisher folks and provide emergency loan assistance through the Survival and Recovery (SURE) loans program of the DAF.
Each farming and fisher folk family will be entitled to a Survival Loan of at least P5,000 and when things get back to normal, they could apply for a loan under the Recovery Program amounting to at least P20,000.
In view of the difficulty in locating the farms of the farmers and the fisher folks, the DAF will relay mainly on the listing of DBM for the extension of the loans.
The distribution of the rice, canned goods and other food items will be coursed through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which has the experience and the manpower to handle relief distribution.
SOURCE: MannyPinol FBPage