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The small barangay of Caut in La Paz, Tarlac may soon be producing twice their current production level as they take on the challenge of Agriculture Secretary William Dar to increase their hybrid rice yield from 3.5 metric tons (MT) to 7 MT.

As an incentive, Dar said that the farmers will receive farm machineries to enable them to provide services to other farmers within their community, as well as neighboring areas.

During the farmers’ forum held last July 16, Dar announced that the Department of Agriculture (DA) will continue to turnover support and interventions including farm equipment, warehouse and milling facilities, as well as delivery trucks to farmers’ groups who have adopted the clustering approach.

Alam namin ang inyong pangangailangan, kaya susuporta kami mula sa inyong pagtatanim, pag-aani hanggang sa paghahanap ng merkado,” Dar said.

This year, the DA has kicked off the clustering program approach for all commodities including palay to encourage farmers to build a structured association to avail of services to aid them in their food production activities.

“Cooperativism is the key and so it is important for you to come together, and form yourselves into groups so you can maximize the assistance and interventions provided by the DA,” he added.

The agri chief also encouraged the farmers to diversify and adapt high-value agriculture.

“You can start early planting and then diversify during the dry season,” he said.

Dar said that in addition to the P10 billion (B) Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, the Department is allotting P1.5B for a crop diversification program, and P1B for crop insurance.

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