DA PREPARES FARMER DATABASE FOR EASY DELIVERY OF SUPPORT
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said the Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to launch this quarter a program using modern information technology to identify each and every farmer and fisherman in the country and determine whether he has been assisted by government.
Pinol said the National Farmers and Fisherman's Database (NFFD) will store information about the farmer and fisherman, including the geo-tagged location of his farm and house.
It will also indicate what interventions he has received from government, like loans, seeds, boats, farm inputs and others, and the results of the interventions.
The program will also include the economic profile of the family at the start of the interventions, specifically poverty level, and monitor improvements after two years.
This program is expected to effectively assist the Department of Agriculture (DA) in targeting the real beneficiaries of its programs, especially the Easy Access Credit Program under the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC).
"It will also weed out "fake farmers" who usually take advantage of government's assistance to farmers by presenting themselves as beneficiaries," the Agri chief said.
The National Food Authority (NFA) which has started an aggressive local palay procurement program with a long list of incentives will a direct beneficiary of the NFFD.
With this program, the NFA will be able to determine whether the palay delivered to its buying stations really came from the farmer or was just consolidated by traders who would like to take advantage of the higher government support price.
The program will accurately record all transactions made by the farmer with the NFA and what incentives he will receive, including the recording of his loans under "Cash Advance" Credit Program and the payments he has made.
All the information contained in the database of the NFFD will only be accessible to President Rody Duterte, the Secretary of Agriculture and key officials of government.
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