DA requesting release of ₱6B more for fertilizer subsidy for wet season

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 26) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has already requested the release of ₱6 billion more for farmers’ fertilizer subsidy, Secretary William Dar confirmed on Thursday.

Dar said this will raise the available budget, particularly for wet season farming, from the current ₱3 billion to ₱9 billion.

In total, the agency has allocated ₱20 billion this year to subsidize the costs of fertilizers.

Nagre-request na tayo ng release ng ₱6 billion para madagdagan ‘yung ₱3 billion, so meron tayong ₱9 billion for fertilizer subsidy dito po sa wet season planting,” Dar told CNN Philippines.

He said they will identify the beneficiaries through the names listed in the farmers' registry of the DA.

Gagawa tayo ng guidelines kung sino po ‘yung qualified based sa availability ng pondo [We will craft guidelines on who will be considered qualified to receive subsidy based on the availability of funds],” he added.

The agriculture chief also said the government is in talks with other countries, including Russia, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia, asking them to sell fertilizers to the Philippines at affordable prices amid a global supply shortage, which has resulted in price hikes.