Cabadbaran LGU prioritizes farmers even during pandemic

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 27 (PIA) -- Farmers in the city of Cabadbaran in the province of Agusan del Norte were given importance by the city government especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Network Briefing News on Friday, hosted by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, Mayor Judy Amante said that the government are helping their farmers to uplift their living conditions by providing them assistance

“We found out that some farmers are in debt to financers during cropping period that is why they are obliged to deliver their harvest even at a low buying price," said Mayor Amante.

"That is why in order to help them and have enough supply of rice and to support farmers in the area, the LGU offered loans to farmers cooperatives especially in palay seeds. We also extend help to a group of farmers by providing then capital in order to put up their own cooperatives payable up to 5 years," added Mayor Amante.

Just recently, the LGU has assisted a farmers’ cooperative in the area by lending them P5 Million that includes putting up a rice mill, building and facilities. "In return, the cooperative also gives two hectares of land to the LGU to use as an agricultural training center for farmers that will surely improve the living condition of the farmers in the area," Mayor Amante said.

Also, the LGU of Cabadbaran is also providing assistance and facilitating the lying-in hatchery for the blue swimming crabs project in the city. The project is funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and aside from the hatchery, a shellfish processing and a solar dryer also funded by BFAR is also present in the city to increase the production of fish and other aquatic food resources in the city's local waters.

"With this, there is now a new alternative source of livelihood for local fisherfolks other than fishing," Mayor Amante said. (NCLM, PIA Agusan del Norte)



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

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