6,000 Farmers Get Machinery Under P10-B State Fund

At least 6,000 farmers from the country’s rice granary received the first batch of machinery guaranteed under the 10-billion-peso Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food and Agrarian Reform chair Senator Cynthia Villar said, over a year after its enabling law was signed.

The farmers from Nueva Ecija – the country’s top rice-producing province – received 31 four-wheel tractors, 13 rice combine harvesters and two riding-type mechanical transplanters.

The senator said, “Although we experienced some delay in the distribution of machinery, the other programs…were implemented last year and our farmers started to reap the benefits of the law through seed distribution, credit, and extension programs…These kinds of assistance should be prioritized to enable our farmers to quickly recover and continue to produce food for our people.”

The funds came from tariff collections on imported rice.

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