DA develops 4K program for Indigenous People
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol recently met with some of the country’s Indigenous People (IPs) and encouraged them to take part in the programs of the government, specifically the Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4K).
4K, which was just recently launched last week, is a comprehensive program intended to help in the development of the Tribal Communities.
Designed by Piñol himself under the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte, 4K requires an IP family in ancestral domains to identify a five-hectare area program to be used as a tree farm.
The family will then have access to a P300,000 no interest/no collateral loan under the Agricultural Credit Policy Council, which is payable upon harvest.
The loan will be released on a monthly basis at P5,000 per month on the assumption that the 4K families will ensure that all 500 trees are growing. The family will also be given a monthly maintenance incentive of two pesos per tree.
“IPs are very familiar with the planting of trees this is why I have considered this in the conceptualization of the program.” Piñol said.
Falcata and Gmelina arborea trees, which are known for their use in paper, plywood, furniture, and veneer will be used for the project.
“These species are used in tree farming extensively,” Piñol said.
Piñol also underscored that additional income opportunities may be sourced from planting Cacao, Coffee, Black Pepper or Abaca under these trees.
The Department of Agriculture estimates that gross income may reach to P1 million per hectare in five years, or a total of P5 million. Less all the incurred expenses and the P300,000 loan, the families are expected to earn not less than P4