• Cagayan farmers get P32-M seeds

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    TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The provincial government has distributed at least P32 million worth of seeds to 28 towns here in its continuing efforts to assist farmers severely affected by the onslaught of super Typhoon Lawin.

    Gov. Manuel Mamba said the Department of Agriculture (DA) added P213 million worth of hybrid rice seeds for affected farmers through their respective local chief executives, municipal agriculturists and Municipal Agriculture and Fisheries Councils (MAFCs).

    “We have distributed 20,000 bags of certified palay [unmilled rice]seeds, as well as 3,500 bags of certified corn seeds and 1,040 kilos of assorted vegetable seeds,” Mamba added.

    Pearlita Lucia Mabasa, Cagayan provincial agriculturist, said the typhoon left at least P5 billion worth of damage in agriculture including fisheries and livestock.

    The DA has recorded at least 56,000 hectares of rice fields, 9,000 hectares of corn fields and 2,000 hectares of vegetables plantations destroyed in Cagayan.

    It also recorded that 550 hectares of fishponds and 91 units of fish cages were destroyed while 60,000 chickens, carabaos and cows drowned during the typhoon.

    Mamba explained to the recipients that the assistance is not enough considering the magnitude of destruction to agriculture in the province.

    He called on all mayors and municipal agriculturists to make a priority farmers and fishermen who were affected most and in dire need.

    Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources distributed fishing gears including handlines, gill nets, non-motorized and motorized fishing boats, outrigger fishing boat payao, life vests, fish traps and cast nets.

    LEANDER C. DOMINGO

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