Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Lacson and Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer led the distribution of checks worth a total of P11 million to Negrense farmers, who are beneficiaries of the Quick Turn Around/Early Planting Incentives Project under the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
Some 5,413 farmers from towns and cities of the province were recipients of the project with total coverage of 5,500 hectares. The check distribution was held at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City yesterday, a press release from Capitol said.
The project aims to provide cash incentives to farmers engaged in early planting, from April to May, as support to rice requirements during the off season.
Lacson thanked the farmers for their hard work that ensures food security in the province, the press release said.
He said that agriculture is one of the most affected sectors at the height of the Covid pandemic last year, and the government and farmers need to help each other for economic recovery and to help uplift the lives of farmers.
He added that the Priority Development Agenda of the present administration focuses more on food security and agricultural productivity. Also present at the check distribution were Board Member Andrew Montelibano, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Food and Agriculture, BMs Manuel Frederick Ko and Jose Benito Alonso, and Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino, among others.*