"It will be a day for the Capiceño rice farmers," said Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) Provincial Rice Coordinator Amefil Sagge, adding, that the assembly will honor and give assistance to farmers coming from the 55 rice cluster areas in the province.
The clustering approach is a major feature of the GMA rice program which organizes individual farmers into one manageable entity and linking them to bigger communities. The identified basic unit or cluster online will be the convergence point of different interventions in areas that are important for small farmers.
In Capiz, the municipality of Cuartero remains unclustered, however, an estimated 100 rice farmers were invited and expected to attend in the day-long activity.
Department of Agriculture (DA) regional executive director for Western Visayas Larry Nacionales is expected to grace the affair that will highlight on the distribution of assistance to cluster areas.
"Each cluster farmer will receive five kilograms of certified seeds," Sagge noted.
Each cluster area will also be given drying tarpaulin sheet as well as inputs for the establishment of municipal seed farm.
Private chemical and seed companies will also raffle prizes for farmer-participants. (Alex Lumaque, PIA)