NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the National Confederation of Irrigators Associations (NCIA) convenes for a Joint Strategic Planning and Program Development Workshop on June 1-3, 2022 at Penthouse, NIA Central Office, Quezon City.
The NIA-NCIA Joint Strategic Planning and Program Development Workshop aims to provide opportunity for NCIA Officers and Board of Trustees to present CY 2022 1st Quarter accomplishments and formulate strategic plans and programs. Further, issues and concerns of Irrigators Associations (IAs) on project implementation, organization and operation and maintenance of irrigation systems will be addressed.
Region XII RCIA Federation President Dante P. Cudal raised that in 2019, there was a surplus of palay in the region. Due to the oversupply of palay, farmers of Region XII were forced to sell their produce up to P11.00 to P12.00 per kilo than the current government support price of P17.00 to P19.00. Mr. Cudal narrated that even the National Food Authority (NFA) cannot anymore accommodate their produce.
Meanwhile, in Region VI, RCIA Federation President Joseph Renato Amponin shared that with Typhoon Agaton affecting the region in April 2022, there was a shortage of rice in Region VI. This caused the delay in planting of our farmers in the region. “With the existing high price of fertilizer of around P2,000.00 and other farm inputs, this really impacted our farmers in the region.”
With the incoming administration of president-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., there is an initiative to lower the price of rice to P20.00 per kilo. NCIA President Remy N. Albano says that it will be feasible as long as the Marcos administration will focus on Research and Development (R&D) on farm inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, and insecticides that will favor our farmers. As to him, quality and/or government subsidized farm inputs will lower the production expenses of farmers that will lead to the lowering price of rice in the market.
Today, IAs harvest an average of 80 to 100 cavans per hectare. From here, expenses in labor and land preparation to harvesting will be deducted. With the rising farm inputs costs, Mr. Cudal shares that farmers are usually left with only small earnings to just a return of capital at the end.
Region XII RCIA Federation President Dante P. Cudal suggests that if the National Food Authority (NFA) will be the centralized government arm to buy fresh produce of farmers and be the only one to market them, the P20.00 per kilo of rice will be realized. If this happens, there will be a definite price point in buying palay and selling rice in the market.
For Region VI RCIA Federation President Joseph Renato Amponin, the initiative will be feasible once the Marcos administration subsidizes their farm inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, insecticides, and fuel most especially in this time that their prices are all-time high. Mr. Amponin says that farmers are both consumers and producers of rice thus, it will always be seeking the balance in the spectrum for the farmers.
As to our Irrigators Associations, the P20.00 per kilo of rice will be a great challenge for the incoming administration on how they will cope to realize this initiative that will favor both the rice consumers and producers, our Filipino farmers.
IAs also call for government subsidies on farm inputs as prices are still increasing, farmers’ representation for government policies, and proper coordination of government departments and agencies concerning agriculture to further aid improve the lives of our Filipino farmers.
Among those present in the event were NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik, NCIA Officers and Board of Trustees and other NIA Institutional Development Division (IDD) personnel
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya delivers his message during the NIA-NCIA Strategic Planning and Program Development Workshop
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya with the NCIA Officers and Board of Trustees during the NIA-NCIA Strategic Planning and Program Development Workshop
NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik delivers his message during the NIA-NCIA Strategic Planning and Program Development Workshop
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya with the NCIA Officers and Board of Trustees
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