PILI, Camarines Sur: The Department of Agriculture (DA) has given farmers and fishermen affected by Typhoon Glenda in this province P36 million worth of assistance under the government’s Bicol rehabilitation program.
DA Regional Executive Director Abelardo Bragas said the distribution of various farming and fishing inputs, machineries, tools and facilities was personally supervised by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala when he visited the province last week.
The project is the quick response undertaking of the DA to provide initial assistance to farmers and fisherfolk in Bicol provinces such as Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon which were severely affected by the typhoon last month.
Bragas said Camarines Sur farmers received from Alcala a total of 3,217 bags of certified rice seeds, 18,500 packets of assorted vegetable seeds, 445 bags of hybrid corn seeds, 18,500 pieces of pili seedlings, 111 sets of gardening tools, and 18,500 pieces of laminated sacks.
Also raffled off to farmers who attended the occasion were 10 units of hand tractors with trailers, 10 heads of carabao with plow and harrow, three packets of sheep —each consisting of four females and one male—and 10 sets of garden tools.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, an attached agency of the DA, also raffled off fishermen five units of fiberglass fishing bancas worth P10,000 each, 10 units of marine engine (5.5HP) worth P5,000 each and 10 fishing gears worth P3,000 each. The total cost of the items was placed at P12 million.
Albay and Sorsogon were also given the same initial assistance.
The estimated damage wrought by Glenda on Bicol’s agriculture sector was placed at P3.9 billion, representing the aggregate total for crops, livestock, agri-infrastructure, abaca, coconut, and fisheries.
The number of farmers and fisherfolk affected was placed at 80,435—all engaged in rice, corn, coconut, abaca, high value crops production and fisheries.