ILOILO CITY: Two farmers’ groups in the province of Iloilo are assured of market with fair value of their palay (unhusked rice) produce with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) facilitated by the Department of Agriculture (DA) with local millers and traders in ensuring long-term marketing agreement with the farmers.
The MOA signing was held last September 29 after Iloilo was identified as a site in the country for implementation of Better Rice Initiatives Asia-Fostering Agriculture and Rice Marketing by Improved Education and Rural Advisory Services project supported by the Agriculture department, Agricultural Training Institute, Philippine Rice Research Institute and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit.|
Six towns–Leganes, Mina, Oton, Pototan, Santa Barbara and Zarraga–in Iloilo are covered by the agreement.
Farmer Lupo Señolay, Lapayon Farmers’ Association chairman, signed the MOA with Glicerio Gallos Jr., rice miller and trader based in Guihaman, Leganes, while Inocencio Santa Cruz, Bangga Dawis Farmers’ Association chairman, inked the same deal with DA 6 Regional Technical Director Manuel Olanday as the chairman of the Iloilo Rice Processing Complex Management Board.
The parties agreed on set quality control standards of palay with 28 percent moisture content during wet cropping season, and 25 percent moisture content during the dry season, guaranteed price of at least 50 centavos per kilogram higher than the prevailing market price, as well as others beneficial to the members of the farmers’ associations and the rice millers and traders.