A September 30, 2011 press release from the Department of Budget and Management

Abad: government on track for rice self-sufficiency by 2013

The Department of Budget and Management has recently released P534.3 million for the implementation of On-Farm and Postharvest Rice Mechanization Program under the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) National Rice Program.

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said the P534.3 million, released to DA-Regional Field Units (see table below), supports the Aquino administration’s goal of achieving rice self-sufficiency by 2013. The funds will be used for the purchase of hand tractors, seed cleaners, threshers, flatbed dryers and rice mill.

The release is also allotted to fund the conduct of site validation and screening of recipients, assistance on the testing and evaluation of on-farm and postharvest rice equipment, including the conduct of its review. The biggest allocation will go to Region III with P83.6 million followed by Region VI with P66.4 million, and Region II with P62.1 million.

“To make the country rice self-sufficient, the government is pursuing means to maximize the harvest of every farmer through post-harvest technologies that reduce wastage. This will ultimately lead to more incomes for our farmers,” he said

“The National Rice Program of the government is in line with the Aquino Administration’s Social Contract commitment to reduce poverty and ensure rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth, especially for those living in the countryside,” he said.

Under the National Rice Program, farmers are provided with quality seeds, irrigation, credit and marketing assistance to improve farm productivity and profitability. The total budget for the National Rice Program for 2011 is P5.217 billion.

RELEASE OF FUNDING FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL RICE PROGRAM

AGENCY

AMOUNT

OSEC-Proper (ARMM)

25,478,566

Regional Field Unit CAR

14,364,088

Regional Field Unit I

48,361,320

Regional Field Unit II

62,134,436

Regional Field Unit III

83,676,213

Regional Field Unit IV

44,974,273

Regional Field Unit V

38,875,085

Regional Field Unit VI

66,417,268

Regional Field Unit VII

12,501,102

Regional Field Unit VIII

33,830,100

Regional Field Unit IX

17,801,570

Regional Field Unit X

17,587,318

Regional Field Unit XI

11,768,032

Regional Field Unit XII

40,471,912

Regional Field Unit XIII

16,058,717

GRAND TOTAL

P534,300,000

 

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