The Municipal Agriculture Office continuously provides rice seeds assistance to the town’s farmers under the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA). These programs aim to achieve three main purposes: (a) to achieve food security for the whole municipality, (b) to increase food productivity and (c) to generate income for San Rafael farmers.
One of the ongoing programs of the Municipal Agriculture Office is the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund Assistance (RCEF seeds) that started on Monday, June 13, 2022 and still on going. This program distributed 8, 367 bags of 20-kilogram bag certified seeds covering 4, 183 hectares of farmland to 34 barangays in the municipality benefiting a total of 2, 310 farmers. The allotted budget for this program amounted to P 6, 024, 240.00.
In addition, the Hybrid Seeds Reserve Assistance benefited twelve (12) farmers from seven (7) barangays in the municipality of San Rafael: Caingin, Capihan, Pinac-pinacan, Sampaloc, Talacsan, Tambubong and Tukod. Thirty-six (36) different types of hybrid seeds reserve including 27 bags of AZ-7888, 2 bags of Phb-73 and 7 bags of SL8-H has been successfully distributed. The allotted budget for this program amounted to P 187, 200.00.
These programs are made possible in partnership with the Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice) of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 3 headed by Regional Executive Director Crispulo G. Bautista Jr., and Provincial Agriculture Office headed by Provincial Agriculturist Ma. Gloria SF. Carrillo and Local Government Unit of San Rafael.
Farmworkers and tenants, who do not have the capacity to register under RSBSA but has land to plant rice seeds, have also received 3, 000- 20 kilogram bags of inbred rice seeds covering 1, 500 hectares of land for the whole municipality for the wet season. The Inbred Rice Seeds Assistance amounted to P 2, 271, 000.00 from the local budget of the municipality of San Rafael benefited 1, 500 farmers. Distribution was started last Monday, June 27, 2022 and still on going.