Governor Bong Lacson turned over 997 bags of hybrid rice seeds and 2,991 bags of urea fertilizer for distribution to farmer-beneficiaries in Himamaylan City, as part of the Rice Resiliency Project of the Department of Agriculture Region VI.
The turn over ceremony was held at the Capitol grounds in Bacolod City, today, in the presence of Board Member Andrew Montelibano, chairman of the SP Committee on Food and Agriculture, Fifth District Board Members Tinto Bascon and Rita Gatuslao, Himamaylan City Mayor Raymund Tongson, Jr. and Vice Mayor Justin Gatuslao, and Noemi Aledron of DA – Region VI, and Negros Occ. Provincial Agriculturist, Atty. Japhet Masculino.
The Rice Resiliency Project is under the Agri 4Ps Program of DA which aims to increase local rice production to combat global trade uncertainties, as well as ensure food availability, accessibility and affordability.
The Agri 4Ps Program is also known as “ALPAS sa COVID-19” or Ahon Lahat Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID-19.
Under the said project, the Province of Negros Occidental has a total allocation of 21, 364 bags of hybrid riceseeds with 64, 092 bags of urea fertilizer as component which were distributed throughout the province based on irrigated areas.
According to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Himamaylan City has already received an allocation of 1,090 bags of hybrid rice seeds and 3,270 bags of fertilizer but due to the increase of rice farmers enrolled in the city’s Registry for Basic Sector in Agriculture, additional allocation was requested and approved.
OPA Head Atty. Masulino said that OPA is also mandated to supervise the programs of DA that are implemented in the province.
The Himamaylan local officials thanked the provincial government for the projects intended for the benefit of the local farmers, that will also ensure the food security program and agricultural productivity.