Vizcaya PLGU bares aid for farmers

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Feb. 19 (PIA) - Farmers who were hit by the COVID-19 pandemic last year in the province have received various assistance from the provincial government .

Governor Carlos Padilla said the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAgrO) gave 10 hand tractors, 10 floating tillers and 15 cultivators to several farmer organizations in the province to boost their resources and production.

He added that 2,500 farmers were also given P15,000.00 each while 19,096 more received P5,000.00 each under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RECP) and Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) along with the Department of Agriculture's (DA) Expanded SURE Aid and Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) programs respectively.

"These financial assistance accounts for a total of P37.50 million for the RECP and RSBSA and 95.48 million for the ESURE Aid and RFFA," Padilla said.

The provincial government also allocated 1,225 bags of certified seeds, 50 bags of registered seeds, 200 packs of hybrid seeds and 1,150 bags of rehabilitated certified seeds for farmers.

During the wet season last year, the PLGU allocated 4,904 bags of hybrid rice and 27,359 bags of certified seeds where 22,359 came from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) while the remaining 5,000 bags were sourced from the DA's "Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra COVID-19 Project.

Padilla said that for the dry season, 17,627 bags from the 18,230 bags of assorted seed commodities allocation were withdrawn and distributed for the farmers.

He further said that during the recent visit of DA Secretary William Dar, more than P148 million was given to the provincial government representing the DA's Rehabilitation and Recovery Assistance.

These consist of 13,000 bags of hybrid rice seeds, 10,724 bags of inbred rice seeds, 60,448 bags of fertilizers, 2,977 bags of hybrid corn seeds, 110 kilos of assorted vegetable seeds, 500 pieces of seedling trays, 20 bags of soilless/potting media and 320 heads of duck.

"Our farmers are assured of our continuing assistance to enable them to rise up from the adverse effect of the COVID-19 pandemic," Padilla said.(MDCT/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)



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

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