To further aid the farm folk of Quezon province, the provincial government officially launched this Sunday, March 24, 2013 the Farmer’s Enhancement Productivity Program or FEPP.
The district of Bondoc Peninsula will be the first to undergo the newly launched program, where over 200 farmers will benefit.
The said program will be implemented through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, and Gov. David “Jayjay” C. Suarez hopes that it will provide a solution to the problem of farmers who fall into debt because of problems in acquiring capital.
Oftentimes, farmers would need to borrow money before they can plant crops. And because of this, their already small income gets decimated by accumulated interest rates. This is what the provincial government aims to protect farmers from. The current administration also wishes to provide the farmers with an opportunity to become self-sustaining.
According to FEPP, the provincial government will be the one to provide the farmers with capital. Corn seeds, farm equipment and other inputs will come from the province. And aside from this, Gov. Suarez also promised to provide a monthly subsidy to the farmers while their crops are not yet harvested.
The young governor also added that they will also be the ones to purchase the crops once harvest season rolls in to protect the farmers from abusive middlemen and make sure that their harvest will all be bought.(QPIO)