Senator Kiko allocates P5-M PDAF to small sugarcane farmers

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FOR several years without any subsidy from the national government, some selected small sugarcane farmers will become recipients of the 2012 PDAF of a  Senator who has a “big heart” for the small farmers.

“As part of his ‘Sagip Saka Project’,  Senator Kiko Pangilinan has allocated P5.0 million as technical assistance to selected  small sugarcane farmers who are beneficiaries of the block farm project of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA)”,  Administrator Gina Bautista-Martin stated.

The SRA will identify the beneficiaries out of the first batch of block farm participants and it has issued the guidelines to the initial target beneficiaries last week for them to fulfill and submit the requirements in order to qualify for the “Sagip Saka Fund” of Senator Kiko.

Only twelve block farm organizations are initially targeted in order to ensure that the fund will have an impact to the productivity of the small farms tilled by the small sugarcane-farmer beneficiaries.

SRA Administrator Gina Martin hopes that whoever will take over the Chairmanship of the Committee on Agriculture in the next Senate will continue the “Sagip Saka” initiative of Senator Kiko of giving out technical assistance to the small sugarcane farmers whose farm productivities are way below the national average.

The monitoring arm of the “Sagip Saka Project” of Senator Kiko is the Pambansang Kilusan ng Samahang Magsasaka (Pakisama) and SRA will be closely coordinating with the group.  “We have provided Pakisama a copy of the MOA and the guidelines”,  Administrator Martin said.

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