TO effectively raise the incomes of farmers and fisherfolk, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, author and proponent of the Sagip Saka Act, said its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) would serve as the framework for the Department of Agriculture (DA), adding that the IRR mandates the department to include funding support for “Sagip Saka” programs in its annual plan and budget proposal.
The IRR, the senator said, compels the Agriculture department to come up with a list of agricultural and fishery products that national and government agencies require for their various programs such as school feeding.
The DA must also keep a roster of private companies willing to buy from food producers, donate equipment and transfer technology. They should also create a registry of farmers’ and fisherfolk’s organizations.
“We have passed the law, and now that Agriculture Secretary William Dar signed the IRR, we can now focus on increasing farmers’ and fisherfolk’s incomes by developing and promoting their enterprises and directly linking them to private and government consumers,” Pangilinan said.
The Agriculture secretary signed the IRR on October 21.
The Republic Act 113211, or the “Sagip Saka Act,” Dar said, would further enhance agribusiness as this “can concretize” and support the DA’s new programs and projects due to the inclusive agribusiness system that it intends to pursue beyond just increasing productivity.
Dar added that the signing of the IRR would help identify more measures, where inclusive agribusiness “will really be the way to enhance the services of the DA, including our partners — the local government units.”
BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO