Negros Occ.-- More than 15,000 rice farmers here availed of the
fertilizer discount coupons after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
ordered the Department of Agriculture to extend assistance to farmers
affected by the sudden hike in the cost of fertilizers.
Provincial Rice Coordinator Nilda Juguan of the Office of the
Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) said a total of 75, 526 coupons worth
P18.8 Million were distributed to farmers here since last July.
Area of rice land covered is estimated to reach 37,763. Farmers are
entitled to receive two coupons for every hectare of land they own and
are identified by their respective municipal and city agricultural
office, she said.
With a balance of 26,000 more coupons, Juguan told PIA the
distribution is on-going until October of this year.
She said the lowest chemical fertilizer now cost P1,800 per bag while
premium ones could reach as high as P3,000 per bag. (PIA-LOL)