By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — In order to increase the rice production of farmers, the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has intensified efforts to distribute vouchers for fertilizer, the Office of the Press Secretary said on Sunday.
This comes after the Department of Agriculture (DA) released revised instructions for the National Rice Program’s fertilizer discount voucher project.
The initiative must comply with Memorandum Order 65 and must encompass areas where inbred and hybrid rice seeds were used, with the exception of the National Capital Region (NCR) and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
OPS said that through the project, the agency shall provide fertilizer vouchers to eligible beneficiaries which will be used in acquiring urea fertilizers in a bid to cushion the potential impacts of “under application of urea fertilizer to palay production and ultimately food security.”
“The use of fertilizer vouchers offers an alternative to farmers with lowered purchasing power to buy a sufficient volume of urea recommended for their rice area,” MO 65 read.
According to the DA, beneficiaries may use the fund to receive a break on the retail cost of urea fertilizers.
The distribution of fertilizer vouchers is part of the program, which, according to the DA, aims to ensure the timely availability of the necessary fertilizer for rice production in the targeted areas. (ai/mtvn)