VIGAN CITY – To attain rice self sufficiency in 2010 and to increase production per hectare, the Department of Agriculture will provide fertilizer subsidy to farmers this wet cropping season from June to October this year.
DA regional director Cipriano Santiago said that the agency targets to provide fertilizer subsidy to 2.58 million farmlands all over the country including 42,000 hectares of both irrigated and non-irrigated lands in Ilocos Sur which cover 15,000 hectares in the first district and 27,000 hectares in the second district.
Based on the Fertilizer Subsidy Program, the DA will distribute discount coupons to farmers for them to avail of the P500 discount for two bags of fertilizer bought from accredited fertilizer dealers identified by the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority.
“In the latest survey, one hectare of land planted with rice needs six bags of fertilizers. Since the agency can only subsidies the first two bags, the local government units can give their share by subsidising the other four bags,” explained Santiago.
The agency fund for the subsidy will come from the DA’s 2008 general appropriation approved by Congress while the LGUs can utilize their 2001-2004 internal revenue allotment appropriation, Santiago added.
After evaluating the list of farmers and areas to be covered by the program submitted by the LGUs, the DA will distribute the discount coupon. The farmers can then show the coupon to the fertilizer dealers which the latter will use in claiming the discounted amount from the DA.#