Excess rice tariffs should go straight to beleaguered farmers

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Updated November 17, 2019, 3:11 PM

By Ellson Quismorio

A House leader is set to file this week a measure which would allow the government to tap all rice import tariff collections in excess of the P10-billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) in setting up a special emergency fund for farmers affected by falling farm gate prices of the staple food following its recent market deregulation.

Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte

Deputy Speaker Camarines Sur 2nd district Rep. LRay Villafuerte said he will file a joint resolution to provide congressional authorization for an immediate special fund to enable the Department of Agriculture (DA) to distribute direct cash transfers to small farmers to help them cope with

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