Daily News

The Philippines is now moving towards farm consolidation and clustering in the agriculture sector, which will limit the government support being given individually to farmers and fishermen so they will be forced to cluster into groups or cooperatives.  This project, called Farm and Fisheries Clustering and Consolidation (F2C2) Program, seeks to channel assistance such as credit, modern production methods, farm machinery, post-harvest and program facilities, transport and logistics, packaging support, as well as information and communication technologies, to farm and fishery clusters. To avail of projects offered under F2C2, the DA has set a minimum clustered area of 100 hectares for palay, fruit trees, perennials, and fiber crops, while its 75 hectares for corn and other grains. It is 50 hectares for vegetables and high-value crops.