Farmers from the Third District of Negros Occidental received P6.13-million in rice seeds Wednesday under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) program .
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) led the turnover rites at Victorias City. They were joined by Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, and other local officials.
Confed lists proposals
to address sugar woes
The Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations Inc. (Confed) recently sent several proposals, an offshoot of a consultative workshop, to address the challenges faced by the sugar industry and prevent threats of import liberalization.
The proposals, in a form of a resolution signed by Confed secretary Federico Locsin, were sent to the offices of Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Agriculture Sec. William Dar, and the Sugar Regulatory Administration Board, that recommends programs to improve productivity, revisit the Sugar Industry Development Act (SIDA) and seek the full restoration of its P2 billion budget, and enhance the institutional and political structure of the industry, a press release said.
Under increasing productivity, Confed is pushing for the expansion and support for block farm program, mechanization through funds from SIDA and the DA or access to affordable loans from government financial institutions, mill upgrading and standardization as well as value-adding for mills through biotechnology and product diversification, and mobilizing “progressive sugarcane farmers” as farm consolidators, service providers, or as peer mentors.