BANNER PROGRAMS

 RICE PROGRAM

The Agri-Pinoy Rice Program is one of the banner components of the Department of Agriculture mainly concerned in rice farming and uplifting the lives of Filipino farmers.

Guided by the principles of the Agrikulturang Pilipino (Agri-Pinoy) framework, the National Rice Program integrates government initiatives and interventions for the agriculture sector, namely: food security and self-sufficiency, sustainable resource management, support services from farm to table, and broad-based local partnerships.

It focuses on longer-term investments and has the following objectives:
engage farmers associations / irrigators associations, LGUs and the private sector proactively; encourage the production and consumption of other food staples and provide specific interventions (technologies and services) to rice farmers to increase rice productivity such as: frontload investments in irrigation, postharvest facilities and mechanization.

 Eligible Beneficiaries: Rice Farmers
Irrigators Associations
Seed Growers

 Contact Persons:

Focal Person:

Elena B. de los Santos
Regional Technical Director for Operations and Extension
DA RFU 5 San Agustin, Pili,
Camarines Sur
(054) 4777-263

Regional Rice Program Coordinator: 

Mr. Tirso O. Perlas
Operations Division
DA RFU 5 San Agustin, Pili,
Camarines Sur
4777-254

 

 1. Farm Mechanization      
 Description  Requirements    Additional Information Required
in the Project Brief

Provision of Farm Mechanization Facilities and Equipment to Farmer Association  

 Standard / Estimated Costs (P)

 The qualified Cooperators shall be duly registered Farmers' Association (FAs) engaged in rice farming with SEC/CDA/ DOLE Registration.   The Cooperator shall enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the DA.

The Cooperator shall undergo training on the operation and maintainance of the facility.

Counterpart Scheme of 85-15%

 

 Letter of intent from the FA and a Board Resolution stating its need on the technologies and its capacity to manage the projects.

SEC/CDA/DOLE latest certificate of registration for IAs, Coops and other FAs.

Endorsement from the Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO)/ City Agricultural Officer (CAO)/ Provincial Agricultural Officer (PAO)

 

Hand tractor - P130,000
4-wheel tractor - P900,000
Thresher - P130,000
Seed cleaner - P80,000
Rice reaper - P150,000
Drum seeder - P7,500
Mini combine harvester - P700,000
Combine harvester - P2,000,000
 
 2. Other Infra and Postharvest Devt. Services    Contact Persons:
Engr. Arnie C. Ilan
Engr. Nilda T. Albaño
Regional Agricultural Engineering Division
DA RFU 5, San Agustin, Pili, Cam. Sur
  2.1 Postharvest Mechanization Program  
 Description  Requirements    Additional Information Required
in the Project Brief

 Provision of Appropriate Drying Facilities (grant under counterpart scheme) such as Flatbed Dryer (FBD) and Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement (MPDP)

 Standard / Estimated Costs (P)

FBD - P750,000
MPDP - P235,000

  Provide lot for the FBD/ MPDP/ Ricemill and shoulder pre-construction expenses (additional for drying and milling assistance)

 

 

 

Fill-up the pro-forma of the Project Proposal to be provided by the DA-RFU 5

 

 

 

 

2.2 Other Postharvest Facilities/Equipment    
 Description  Requirements    
 Provision of PostHarvest facilities / equipment to Farmers Association (FAs) / Irrigators Association (IAs) within rice production areas.  Letter of intent from the LGU proponent
Proof of ownership of lot
Project Proposal
   
 Standard / Estimated Costs (P)  Proponent Counterpart    

 Rice Processing Center 3 - P32M

 

 

 1 hectare lot
Site development cost
P2M LGU Counterpart
Required documents
 

 

 

 

 

 

 Rice Processing Center 2 - P16 M

 

 

 1000 square meter lot
Site development cost
P1M LGU Counterpart
Required documents
 

 Rice Processing Center 1 - P6 M

 

 

 P1M LGU Counterpart Proponent
1000 square meter lot
Site development cost
Required documents
 
 Net/Laminated Sacks
10 meters/farmer
 P500.00    
 Palay Shed  P310,000    
 Moisture meter  P15,000    
 3. Irrigation Development Services

Contact Person:

RTD Elena B. de los Santos (054) 4777-263
Engr. Arnie C. Ilan

 Description  Requirements    Eligible Beneficiaries
 Establishment of small scale irrigation system for Irrigators Association and Farmers Cooperative to achieve high irrigation efficiency.

  Validation Reports

 

   Irrigable areas covered by the National Irrigation Administration

 Requirements

 Additional Information Required in the Project Brief

 Standard / Estimated Costs (P)
  1. Provision of Small Water Impounding Projects (SWIP) in Rice Cluster areas.  Right of way for reservoir, access road and canal.  Farmers Organization or group at least 15 farmers who are willing to be organized.  P300,000/ hectare for new construction
   Topographic and engineering maps.  LGUs who are willing to provide counterpart.  P200,000/ hectare for rehabilitation or Improvement

  Counterpart scheme:

LGU counterpart shall be at least 10% of same as FMR the allocated project cost.

 Engineering plans and detailed design, quantity take off estimates and program of work to signed and sealed by License Agricultural Engineer per RA 8559 also known as Agricultural Engineering Act of 1998.    

 Requirements

 Additional Information Required in the Project Brief

 Standard / Estimated Costs (P)
 2. Provision of Small Diversion Dam (DD)/Check Dam (CD) - a concrete or rock filled structure with a height of 0.50 - 3.0 meters designed to divert portion of a stream flow to point of use.

  Right of way for access road and canal.

Topographic and engineering maps.

 Engineering plans and detailed design, quantity take off estimates and program of works to be signed and sealed by Licensed Agricultural Engineer per RA 8559 also known as Agricultural Engineering Act of 1998.

 Farmers Organization or group at least 15 farmers who are willing to be organized.

 

 

 

 P200,000/hectare for new construction

 

 

 

 

     
   Counterpart scheme: LGU counterpart shall be at least 10% of the allocated project cost similar to the FMR scheme.    

 Requirements

 Additional Information Required in the Project Brief

 Standard / Estimated Costs (P)

 3. Provision of Small Farm Reservoir (SFR)/ - small version of SWIP designed with a height of less than 4 meters with reservoir of 300-1,500 sqm to collect rainfall and run-off for immediate and future use.

 

 Sufficient watershed for rainfall collection

Counterpart scheme will be in the form of land, operation and maintenance of their units and additional construction or rehabilitation cost not covered by the financial assistance of the project.

Individual farmer with at least one hectare production area

 

For group of farmers with a maximum of 5 hectares production area and have a common site, they can avail 5 units clustered into 1.

 

 Maximum subsidy of P40,000 per unit for new construction

 

Maximum subsidy of P20,000 per unit for rehabilitation/repair

 

 Requirements

 Additional Information Required in the Project Brief

 Standard / Estimated Costs (P)

 4. Provision of Shallow Tube Well (STW) - consisting of a tube or pipe vertically set into the ground at a depth of 6 to 20 meters designed to lift water from shallow aquifer for irrigation using pump and engine set

 

 

  Sites should be located in shallow well areas

The potential well discharge is within 3 - 7.5 lps.

Counterpart scheme is in the form of drilling cost of tube well and its accessories and operation and maintenance of their system.

Group of 3-5 farmers with aggregate hectares of 3 hectares.

Farmer Associations, Cooperatives and other related organizations.

Individual farmer with at least 3 hectare irrigable area for rice and 0.5 ha for other crops

 STW - P30,000 to P90,000

Well Drilling - P10,000 to P30,000

 

 

 

 Requirements

 Additional Information Required in the Project Brief

 Standard / Estimated Costs (P)

 5. Provision of Pump Irrigation Systems for Open Source (PISOS) - consist of pump and engine sets, suction and discharge pipes to lift water from surface water and deliver it to point of use.

 

 

 Water source should have sustained and adequate supply throughout the year.

The source must be adjacent to the target service area for economy.

Farmers to provide suction, discharge pipes, accessories and operation & maintenance of their system.

Group of 3-5 farmers with aggregate hectares of 3 hectares

Individual farmer with at least 3 hectares irrigable area for rice and 0.5 hectare for other crops

 

 

PISOS - P30,000 to P90,000

Suction and Discharge - P10,000 to P30,000

 

 

 



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 Why rice?

An average Filipino diet is based on rice. It provides half of our calorie requirements and one-third of our protein intake. Rice accounts for 20% of food expenditures for average households, which increases to 30% for households belonging to the bottom third of our society.

As a durable crop that can be relied on to bring good harvest year in and year out, rice is grown in some 3.2 million hectares of land, providing livelihood to more than two million households engaged in rice-based farming, along with millions of farm laborers, and tens of thousands of merchants and traders.

Rice, as a food staple, is an economic commodity. It is both a major expenditure item and a source of income for many households. As food is our most basic necessity, demand for rice cuts across all social classes. Rural households also depend, in varying degrees, on the various stages of rice production for livelihood.

Rice also plays important macroeconomic and developmental roles. Movements in the price of rice have a substantial bearing on overall inflation rates, fuelling concern from policymakers on pricing and fiscal stability. Because a large part of the population remains in agriculture, growth in output and productivity are essential to spur economic development.

Globally, food supply is threatened by a growing demand to feed an increasing population in the face of scarcity in land and water resources. Since a majority of small Filipino farmers and rural households depend on food farming for their own consumption and income, government support is critical to encourage domestic production or self-sufficiency to address poverty, food insecurity, and providing a key ingredient to economic stability in the long term.

It is towards these ends that the National Rice Program plays an important role in the flagship food program of the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

What is the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program?

The Agri-Pinoy Rice Program is one of the banner components of the Department of Agriculture mainly concerned in rice farming and uplifting the lives of Filipino farmers.

Guided by the principles of the Agrikulturang Pilipino (Agri-Pinoy) framework, the National Rice Program integrates government initiatives and interventions for the agriculture sector, namely: food security and self-sufficiency, sustainable resource management, support services from farm to table, and broad-based local partnerships.

What are the objectives of the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program?

The Agri-Pinoy Rice Program plays a key role in the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP), the central focus of the country's food security policy from 2011 to 2016 and beyond.

With the vision of a food-secure society where farmers enjoy a decent and rising standards of living, the FSSP 2011-2016 aims to achieve self-sufficiency in food staples. Self-sufficiency means satisfying domestic requirements for food, seeds, processing, and feeds through domestic production.

The key target is to produce the country's domestic requirements by 2013. Beyond 2013, the aim is to strengthen national resilience in staples production.

The key strategies are concentrated in the following: (1) raising farmers' productivity and competitiveness, (2) enhancing economic incentives and enabling mechanisms, and (3) managing food staples consumption.

What are the activities being undertaken by the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program?

To carry out these objectives, various government interventions are undertaken from the national to the local levels in the form of support to rice production; irrigation; postharvest and other infrastructure facilities; market development services; extension, education and training services; and research and development.

Specific interventions provided by the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program are as follows:

 A. Production support
 
  • Production of Breeder Seeds of Inbred and Nucleus/Breeder Seeds of Hybrid Parentals
  • Basic Breeder Seed Production
  • Seed Production of varieties for climate change adaptation/mitigation; Including varieties that are submergence-tolerant, drought-tolerant/early maturing, saline-tolerant, and cool-elevated
  • Upland Rice Production Development
  • Establishment of Community Seed Banks; including rehabilitation and establishment, distribution of simple seed processing equipment; and locally adopted starter seeds
  • Support to RIARC Development and Activation, including production and distribution of registered seeds, and purification and multiplication of traditional and locally adopted varieties
  • Disaster Response like buffer seed stocking and provision of insurance coverage
  • Establishment of pest outbreak control measures like bactericides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and light traps
  • Cloud seeding operations on vulnerable regions
  • Distribution of fertilizers for rationing
  • Establishment of agro-meteorological (agro-met) stations per major rice district
  • Establishment and maintenance of Multi-Purpose Bio-Organic Fertilizer Plants
  • Conduct of pest and diseases surveillance/SEWS in clustered areas to determine and prevent pest occurrence; and strengthening of pest surveillance teams
  • Establishment of community-based bio-control agent laboratories, including upgrading of technical capabilities of bio-control laboratories
  • Promotion of nutrient management tools as aid in formulation of SSNM options and varieties
  • Support to soil laboratories and establishment of mobile soil clinics
  • Distribution of farm and fishery production-related machinery and equipment such as: Rice Drum Seeders, Rice Transplanters, Mini four-wheel drive tractors, Rice Hull Carbonizers, and Hand Tractors
  •  B. Irrigation Development Services
     
  •  Support to activities of the National Irrigation Administration, an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture, in restoration, rehabilitation, and generation activities of irrigation systems and their service areas.
  • Provision of Small Scale Irrigation Projects in rice cluster areas to ensure that major waterways are functional to achieve high irrigation efficiency
  • Operating, monitoring, and evaluation of irrigable areas or service areas expanded through restoration, rehabilitation, and construction of Small Water Impounding Projects, Diversion Dams, and Small Farm Reservoirs
  •  C. Other Infrastructure and Postharvest Development Services
     
  •  Distribution of postharvest equipment and machinery, such as net/laminated sacks, construction and rehabilitation of flatbed dryers, mechanical dryers, bag closers/baggers, threshers, combine harvesters, rice cutter/harvesters, shredders, moisture meters
  • Construction and rehabilitation of palay sheds and warehouses, and multi-purpose drying pavements,
  • Construction and operationalization of Rice Processing Complexes, and village-type grain postharvest processing centers,
  • Provision, rehabilitation and retrofitting of biomass furnace to existing re-circulating dryers
  • Validation of farm-to-market roads (FMRs)
  •  D. Market Development Services
     
  •  Market Promotion and Development, consisting of the establishment of Seed Trading Centers and e-Trading centers, and holding of agri-business investment clinics, market matching, and trade fairs
  • Generation, periodic updating and dissemination of regional rice statistics and market information such as inflow and outflow, demand and supply, palay and milled rice prices, basic rice statistics (effective rice area, area planted & harvested, production, yield per hectare, sufficiency), input suppliers, millers, etc., supply chain and cost structure analysis, price monitoring, and updating of cost structure, stakeholders directory, market profiles, and rice value-added products
  • Establishing linkages with public and private financial institutions, NGOs, and agri-business entities
  •  E. Extension Support, Education and Training Services
     
  •  Conduct of trainings and training-related events for farmers such as technology transfers, schools-on-the air, Farmers' Field Day, sustainable agriculture practices, Palay Check, Palayamanan, and other social mobilization activities
  • Conduct of technology demonstrations (Techno-Demo) such as varietal TD, compact hybrid/cluster, community-based MRC, LSTD, abiotic stress environments, etc.
  • Promotion and showcase of environment-friendly technologies adaptable to organic production
  • Technology commercialization for ratooned rice, upland, submergence, and saline rice varieties
  • Technology updating and re-tooling of agricultural extension workers (AEWs) and farmer technicians by conducting specialized trainings
    Provision of logistical support to LGU Extension Workers and para-technicians,
  • Organization and strengthening of Irrigators Associations (IAs) and farmers' organizations by forming and mobilizing clusters and conducting technical briefings
  • Engage in intensive information dissemination campaigns by producing and distributing IEC materials such as newsletters, posters, brochures, handouts, flipcharts, billboards and streamers; print, radio and television campaigns; conduct of information caravans; schools-on-the-air, and other related activities.
  •  F. Research and Development Services
     
  •  Adopts research and development activities on new rice technologies, such as researcher and farmer-managed adaptability trials for new hybrids and inbred certified seeds; screening, selection and commercialization of special rice varieties like organic and biotic-stress resistant; assessment and validation of soil fertility of rice clusters for organic rice production;
  • Promotion and adoption of technology on controlled irrigation, irrigated and rain-fed rice systems
  • Collection of germplasm for indigenous vegetables, rootcrops, and native staples in support to Integrated Farming Systems
    " Conduct of climate change mitigation and verification studies
  • Research and provision of assistance on the commercialization of organic fertilizers
  • Upgrading of research facilities
  • Support to the research and development programs of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)
  • Further, the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program develops, maintains, implements, monitors, and evaluates plans and policies that affect over-all rice production, farmers' welfare, consumer interests, and climate or environmental concerns.

    Specific policy-oriented activities of the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program include:

  • Policy review and technical updates;
  • Generation of nationwide rice statistics from national surveys and other statistical activities; planning and monitoring of program activities and interventions;
  • Conduct of quarterly program reviews from provincial and regional data;
  • Holding of coordination meetings with stakeholders;
  • Conduct of regular operational and program monitoring and evaluation activities to determine program implementation and delivery of services;
  • Support to the establishment of a National Rice Council;
  • And support to regional rice action teams.




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