LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The municipal government urged farmers and students enrolled in agriculture-related courses to already register with the government’s Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) for them to avail of assistance that will contribute in improving their overall productivity, among other related purposes.
Personnel of the municipal agriculture office are now going around the different barangays to register the farmers and students enrolled in agriculture-related courses to ensure that all concerned will be registered so that no one will be left behind when there will be available assistance that would be extended to the said sector.
Under existing guidelines, farmers producing cutflowers, vegetables, root crops among others, those involved in livestock and poultry raising and students enrolled and those who graduated in agriculture=related courses must register with the RSBSA for them to be included in the inventory of registered agriculture industry stakeholders for easier identification of those that will be provided with the available assistance offered by the government during the occurrence of natural or man-made calamities among other emergency situations that may transpire in the future.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda stated that the ongoing registration of farmers and students is part of the government’s effort establish a database as a basis in the grant of assistance in the future by reaching out to the people on the ground.
He pointed out that those registered in the system will always be part of those that will be prioritised in considering distribution of assistance in the future if they pass the criteria.
According to him, the RSBSA is primarily aimed at establishing a database of individuals in the different parts of the country that are involved in agriculture as a repository of data for reference in the distribution of assistance that may be available.
Mayor Salda reminded the residents to avail of the ongoing registration being done in the town’s 16 barangays so that they will be easily considered in the distribution of assistance to the agriculture sector, especially during difficult times and when natural and man-made calamities occur that will affect their production.
Benguet is one of the areas in the country being eyed by the agriculture department for the intensified registration with the RSBSA as it is the source of more than 80 percent of the semi-temperate vegetables being sold in the different markets around the country that earned its title as the Salad Bowl of the Philippines.
Further, La Trinidad is a major producer of strawberries and cut flowers.