Agriculture office distributes gov't rice seeds subsidy
by MG Edale Jr
Cauayan City, Isabela (June 11) -- The City agriculture office here has started distributing a government rice seeds subsidy to farmers here to be used this coming cropping season.
City agriculturist Rufino Arcega said the rice seeds were allotted to farmers whose names are listed in the city agriculture office's masterlist.
The agriculture official said the seeds are supposed to be distributed last week but the government's Department of Agriculture has not delivered on time but arrived last Monday.
A total of 7, 600 sacks of certified variety of rice seeds are already available for distribution to farmers here.
The agriculture department here said the distribution of rice seeds to farmers here is usually held to help farmers from the devastating natural calamities the latest of which is the long dry spell.
Farmers, whose names are included in the masterlist in the city agriculture department, will only be paying P600.00 per cavan.
City agriculturist Arcega called on all farmers in this city to visit his office starting today and even on Saturdays to avail of the government's rice seeds subsidy.
"I'm calling all rice farmers in the city to come and get the rice seeds now and even on Saturdays and prepare P600.00 to every cavan to get", Arcega said.
Though the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has not yet release irrigation water in this area due to still small volume in the Magat reservoir, Arcega said that better get now the rice seed allotments of each farmers while waiting for the water to flow in the irrigation canals and not rush when the time that there is already water. (PIA Isabela) [top]