The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority supports the Rice Resiliency Program (RRP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) by providing technical assistance necessary to assure quality fertilizers intended for rice farmer-beneficiaries.
Starting May 2020, the FPA was tapped by DA to assist the latter in ensuring that fertilizers pass the quality standards through sampling of urea and 14-14-14 fertilizers, laboratory analysis, ocular inspection of warehouses, and the proper transport and storage of these inputs. Behind this effort are the FPA Regional Field Units who worked closely with the DA Regional Field Offices and Local Government Units (LGUs).
The FPA Field Units also continues to conduct monitoring and enforcement activities among agricultural suppliers amid the pandemic, in compliance with the DA Memorandum Order Number 26 Series of 2020.
RRP includes the distribution of inbred and hybrid rice seeds with fertilizers to both rainfed and irrigated areas, on top of the existing Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), and support to inbred and hybrid farmers under the National Rice Program (NRP).
The project has three components wherein the distribution of fertilizers is covered under the second and third components which are the Expanded Inbred Rice Production and the Expanded Hybrid Rice Production, respectively.
The DA explained that the RRP farmer-recipients will receive seeds according to the size of their farmland, and fertilizers, at two bags per hectare (ha) for inbred and three bags/ha for hybrid areas.
Secretary Dar said that the use of quality seeds and appropriate fertilizers would help in achieving high productivity in rice.