Government scraps planned subsidy for farmers, fisherfolk

THE GOVERNMENT has scrapped the proposed input subsidy for farmers and fisher-folk given difficulties in tracking beneficiaries, settling instead with an existing program administered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the poor, a Cabinet official said yesterday.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the scheme may only end up in fund wastage without a proper implementing mechanism.

Mukhang hindi na po ito ma-co-consider… ’pag hindi naman ganun kaganda siguro huwag na natin pilitin. Baka masayang ’yung pera ng pamahalaan [This will no longer be considered… if it’s not that good, let’s not force it. We may end up wasting government funds],” said Mr. Alcala in an ambush interview on the sidelines of an event in Malacañang.

The farm input subsidy, which would have provided farm/fishing equipment and other tools of the trade, has been abandoned in favor of the existing rice-for-work and cash-for-work programs by the DSWD directly targeting the poor.

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