Farmers and hog raisers in Murcia, Negros Occidental, received a package of cash incentives and agricultural services aimed at boosting their productivity, recently.
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, together with Mayor Gerry Rojas and other Murcia officials, led the distribution of cash incentives to 181 rice farmers from Murcia.
The governor said the Quick Turn Around or Early Planting Incentive Project provides cash incentives to farmers engaged in early planting from April to May as support to rice requirements in the province during the off-milling season, particularly during the height of the pandemic.
The qualified farmers received P2,000 incentive per hectare that they have planted, depending on the area of rice farm they have cultivated during the covered period. For Murcia, 234 farmers, including beneficiaries who received their incentives earlier, have received a total of P252,720.00 from the program.
“Murcia is primarily an agricultural area. As such, providing assistance to our farmers, hog raisers and other food producers is a top priority of my administration. Murcia’s financial resources might be limited, but we will always tap other government agencies and instrumentalities in seeking additional assistance for our agriculture sector,” Rojas said.
After the cash distribution at the town’s covered court, Lacson, Rojas and other provincial and municipal officials proceeded to Purok Shell, Brgy. Salvacion, for the inauguration and turn-over of the Swine Artificial Insemination Center, and then to Smile Village in the same barangay for the inauguration and MOA signing of the Abanse Negrense District Animal Health Center, the only such animal health center in the Third District of the province.
Murcia Agriculturist Dennis Garzon said that the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PVO) has turned over a top-breed boar which will produce the genetically-improved material for artificial insemination, as well as the cold storage facilities for the material. Murcia will also send additional staff to train as artificial inseminators.
A veterinarian from the PVO will man the animal health clinic and accept consultations two days every week.
The center will charge an affordable regulated fee to its services, and the fee will be divided 60 percent for Murcia and 40 percent for the province, which will provide the vaccines, antibiotics and other medicines for the animals, Garzon added.
Lacson and Rojas led the blessing and inauguration of the Brgy. Salvacion Farmers and Hog Raisers Association meatshop, and the distribution to farmers of free range chicken, veterinary supplies and planting materials for napier and madre de agua, which are used as feedstock for ruminants.*PR