GOVERNMENT AID. A farmer carries a sack of fertilizer as Tacurong City Vice Mayor Lina Montilla (right) looks on. The farmer is among the 101 corn farmers who received corn seeds and fertilizers from the Department of Agriculture–Soccsksargen Region and the city government on Tuesday (June 6, 2023). (Photo courtesy of DA-12)

TACURONG CITY – A city councilor here has urged local corn farmers to keep working hard as the government will always support them.

Councilor Nestor Casador, chairperson of the City Council’s committee on agriculture, assured Tuesday the beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture (DA) corn seeds and fertilizer dispersal program that the city government is also ready to help them improve productivity and profit.

Casador made the assurance after the city government and DA-12 (Soccsksargen) held a ceremonial distribution of corn seeds and fertilizers at the City Hall grounds.    

The activity was part of DA’s Corn Production Enhancement Program (CPEP) to boost the grain production per hectare of yellow and white corn by three percent per year. The target aims to boost farmers' income and the availability of yellow and white corn for feeds and food, respectively.  

A total of 101 corn farmers from several cooperatives here each received 18 kilograms of hybrid corn seeds, a sack of urea, and full fertilizers through the Office of City Agriculture Services.
During the program, DA-12 representative Ronald Villoso urged all the recipients to complete the requirements to be eligible for all government programs for farmers.

Vice Mayor Lina Montilla appreciated the DA for their programs for corn farmers and for providing the high-quality seeds and fertilizers.
She assured DA officials that the local government is also making every effort to assist farmers with the programs and services they need. (PNA)