Among the issues discussed include the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), promotion of inclusive agribusiness development among IP communities, opportunities of high-value crops such as durian and banana, and credit and loan assistance to farmers including the youth.

Oñate said a total of P67.6 million farm machineries are under RCEF are now undergoing post-qualification and will serve 23 farmer associations in Davao Region.

Another P104 million worth of farm machineries has been earmarked for the 2nd batch of recipients on the region covering 34 farmers' association.

These interventions he said is on top of the DA's regular Rice Program in the region.

"This year DA is bent on implementing projects that will operationalize its vision of a food-secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fishers." 

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