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900 Tarlac farmers receive fuel subsidies.
As part of its ongoing efforts to lessen the effects of the rising oil prices on the agricultural sector, the Department of Agriculture in Central Luzon (DA-3) has given out gasoline subsidies of over PHP2.7 million to corn farmers in Tarlac.
Adela Pealba, the coordinator of the DA Corn Banner Program, reported on Friday that on August 17 and 18, each of Tarlac’s 900 qualifying corn farmers received a fuel discount card worth PHP3,000.
Pealba stated in a social media post that the agency wants to decrease the effects of the increase in oil prices on the corn business, both domestically and internationally.
Alicia Cruz, a provincial agriculturalist in Tarlac, complimented the DA for always helping the farmers.
The farmer’s costs for producing corn, from preparing the field to post-harvest and processing activities, will be reduced, according to her, thanks to the fuel discount.
“The corn farmers in the province of Tarlac are grateful for the fuel discount, which is a great help because they are affected by the rising cost of petroleum products, which they use to irrigate their fields,” wrote Cru.
The discount card can be used by recipients to buy either gasoline or diesel at partner/accredited gas stations.
For maize farmer Jeric Dumlao, the DA’s ongoing assistance to them is a very important issue.
“I have been farming for three years and I can use the fuel subsidy provided by DA for my machinery. Thank you for your help, inyong patuloy,” said the farmer. “Tatlong taon na po akong nagsasaka at ito pong binigay ng DA ay talaga naman nga magagamit ko po sa makinarya.” I appreciate the ongoing support you provide to farmers like me,” he remarked.
Approximately 2,550 corn producers are to get fuel subsidies from the DA in Central Luzon.
Corn producers must be registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture, listed in the Farmers and Fisherfolk Registry System, and own machinery with evidence of ownership in order to be eligible for the fuel subsidy.
The region’s gasoline subsidy scheme began on March 21 of this year.
Discounts on fuel are available to qualifying fishermen in addition to maize producers.
However, because they already get PHP 5,000 under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund – Rice Farmers Financial Assistance, rice farmers are not covered in the scheme.
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