SEN. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is pushing for a massive distribution of hybrid seeds to farmers as part of rehabilitating the agriculture in areas hit by typhoon “Yolanda.”
Marcos sought farmers’ easy and quick access to hybrid seeds for planting after the Senate approved the P8-billion outlay for repair and rehabilitation of irrigation systems nationwide, especially in disaster-hit areas to jump-start farming, for sustainable high farm productivity.
The appropriation is an item in the P2.265-trillion national budget for 2014.
Marcos also renewed his call for the enactment of Senate Bill No. 112, titled “The National Seeds Production Act of 2013,” which sought the establishment of a national program for production of quality hybrid seeds to ensure high agricultural output.
Under the bill, the national government shall undertake a comprehensive program on the production of hybrid and other quality seeds and encourage farmers to intensify their efforts in increasing farm productivity.
“The establishment of a seeds production program will greatly enhance farm productivity by providing the farmers with quality, hybrid and affordable seeds, as well as the needed technical and other support services,” Marcos said.
He proposed an initial P6-billion budget which will be incorporated in the annual budget of the DA, and thereafter the amount necessary to carry out its implementation will be incorporated in the General Appropriations Act.