LEGAZPI CITY: The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Thursday released P5.6 million worth of farm implements to the province of Albay as part of the Bicol Rehabilitation Assistance for Glenda Agriculture Sector.
DA Secretary Proceso Alcala flew here to personally distribute the implements consisting of 1,000 bads of certified rice seeds, five units hand tractors, 9,000 packets of assorted vegetable seeds, 9,000 pieces of pili seedlings, 185 bags of hybrid corn seeds, 15 bags of open pollinated variety corn seeds, 54 sets of garden tools and 1,000 pieces of laminated canvass.
Alcala also raffled off 10 units of hand tractor with trailers and 10 carabaos to lucky farmers who attended the handover ceremony.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda thanked Alcala for helping Albayano farmers get back on their own feet again after typhoon Glenda devastated the province on July 15.
“After typhoon Glenda wrought havoc in Albay last month, today we’re facing another or new dimension of calamity. It happens due to fallen leaves and dry vegetation we become carrier of the fire on the ground. It also happened in Yolanda,” Salceda said.
DA Regional Director Abelardo Bragas said the P5.6 million is an initial assistance of the department to fast-track the rehabilitation efforts dubbed as Bicol Rehabilitation Assistance for Glenda Agriculture Sector.
“This quick response effort of the Department of Agriculture will provide initial assistance consisting of agriculture inputs, farm machineries and equipment and other assistance to farmers and fisherfolks to most affected provinces of the region such as Sorsogon, Albay and Camarines Sur,” Bragas said.
He said the quick response of the DA in Bicol was first launched in Sorsogon province last week also led by Alcala.
“He saw the conditions of the farmers and fishers in typhoon-stricken areas he had visited in Bicol and he wants to fast track assistance to them so that they could immediately recover and recoup their losses,” Bragas said.
DA-Bicol said estimated the damage of Glenda in the agriculture sector at P3.9 billion, the aggregate total for crops, livestock, agri-infrastructure, abaca, coconut and fisheries.
At least 80,435 farmers planting rice, corn, coconut, abaca, high value crops and fishers were affected by Glenda.
Of six provinces in Bicol, Camarines Sur has the biggest reported crop damage followed by Albay and Sorsogon.
Bragas said that his has already submitted to the central office the comprehensive rehabilitation plan to expedite the release of fund to rehab the devastated areas of Bicol and thus help out the farmers to recoup from losses.
After the Glenda, Albay had to deal with a wildfire that struck the island town of Rapu-Rapu early this week.