DA distributes assistance to farmers affected by TD Vicky

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 30 -- In response to the call of the Office of the President and the Office of Senator Bong Go to assess areas affected by Tropical Depression (TD) Vicky, the Department of Agriculture (DA) converged with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to provide assistance after the onslaught of TD Vicky, affecting several livelihoods in the region including the agriculture sector.

DA Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness Kristine Y. Evangelista together with DA Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo and DA Caraga Regional Technical Director for Operations Rebecca R. Atega attended on Monday the distribution in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte.

The local government unit (LGU) of Prosperidad received 285 bags of Certified Rice Seeds and 3,000 pouches of 7-in-1 vegetable seeds in support for the rehabilitation of the livelihood of affected farmer-beneficiaries.

Moreover, the DA grant one million pesos through the Enhanced Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita program to the LGUs severely affected by the typhoon.

“This grant will serve as an investment to create more agricultural businesses, I hope that you’ll make use of this grant to grow your business fast,” Asec. Evangelista said.

“Agriculture does not end with just planting, we have to create a business, invest in our agricultural products so that we can gain profit even more,” she added.

RED Monteagudo also reiterated that the DA will continue to serve its mandate, especially in times of disaster where the agriculture sector is prone to severe impacts.

The Inter-agency will continue to roll out assistance on the following days to the severely affected LGUs, mostly in Agusan del Sur area. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)




Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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