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DA-CAR orients Abra corn farmers on fuel discount program

BANGUED, Abra (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture – Cordillera oriented on Tuesday corn farmers in the province on the agency’s fuel discount program.

DA-CAR Regional Corn Banner Program Coordinator Gerardo Banawa briefed the farmers on the procedures, the data and the relevant documents for the processing of the fuel discount card.

This DA program is for corn farmers or fisherfolk who own and operate agricultural and fishery machinery individually or through a farmer organization or cooperative to help mitigate the impact of the rising prices of fuel.

The discount card will be used to claim gasoline or diesel fuel worth P3, 000.00 per farmer-beneficiary from an accredited gasoline station in the area.

To qualify under  the program, the farmer must be listed under the DA’s Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) and uses machine registered with the DA’s Agricultural Biosystem Engineering Management Information System in corn farming activities.

Banawa said the farmer will have to personally proceed to USSC Western Union, one of DA’s program partner, for the Know-your Client Validation to confirm the data in preparation for the printing of the discount card.

The fuel discount cards are expected to be issued within this month and released in municipalities through the respective Municipal Agriculturist Office or the DA-CAR office.

According to Banawa, qualified under the program for the whole province are 80 corn farmers from the municipalities of Bangued, Lagayan, Pidigan, San Juan, and San Quintin.

 Albert Bilandres, a corn farmer of Pidigan, said the fuel discount is a big help especially with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which he said has affected in a way his farming.  He tills a two-hectare corn farm. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Abra)

Department of Agriculture - CAR staff instructs Albert Bilandres, a corn farmer of Pidigan, on what he is supposed to accomplish in processing his application for fuel discount. (SCA-PIA-CAR, Abra)

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