As of Thursday, the DA 6 has received2,578 letters of intent from farmer cooperatives and associations. Remelyn Recoter, regional executivedirector of DA 6, said in a press conference the first year of the RTLimplementation has done good to the consumers. Recoter said more than half of thenumber has already been accredited and can avail of the benefits under the RTL. Citing studies, Recoter said the RTL hascaused a 10 percent rice price drop. On the other hand, the Philippine Centerfor Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), another implementingagency, will start distributing farm machinery this March. ILOILO City – After a year of the implementation of the Rice TarifficationLaw (RTL) on Thursday, the Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas (DA-6)said farmers in the region will further gain from its benefits this year. For the first year of the RTLimplementation, the Landbank of the Philippines has also assisted farmers inrice production. Fennie Lyn Pantin, regional focal personof PhilRice, however, said the distribution of seeds to farmer cooperatives andassociations was done in the third week of October last year. “Some of thefarmers have already planted when the seeds arrived,” she said. The Philippine Rice Research Institute(PhilRice), one of the implementing agencies of the RTL, has already kicked offits distribution of seeds. “We are requesting our farmers to givechance to our law because there had been clamors to amend the law. We arehoping this 2020, the 2019 (budget) and the 2020 will be implemented,” shesaid. Giovanni Baoy, Land Bank of thePhilippines Capiz Lending Center head, said that the bank has so far released P17.6million to 194 farmers for palay production. “For the mechanization, the intention isto decrease the cost of production because the biggest expense in rice farmingis labor that is about more or less 30 to 40 percent,” Recoter said. Thirty-eight farmers’ cooperatives andassociations will benefit from the mechanization, which include farm equipmentlike four-wheel tractor, hand tractor, floating tiller, combine harvester,among others. Recoter said the certified seeds thatwill be distributed to the farmers will increase one metric ton of harvest perhectare. “The budget is P42, 000 per hectare forhybrid and PHP37, 000 per hectare of inbred,” Baoy said. (PNA)
It’s over a failure to face mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glaskov.Fury – whose grandmother is from Tipperary – has already signed up for a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko – whom he beat on a unanimous points decision last month.The IBF now want Ukrainian fighter Glaskov to take on America’s Charles Martin for the newly vacant title.