CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela: Gov. Faustino Dy 3rd urged farmers to plant alternative crops to avoid huge losses during calamities.
Dy made the call during the Farmers Congress on Monday after the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that Typhoons Luis and Mario destroyed an estimated P100 million in agriculture.
“Isabela farmers should not only plant rice, corn or vegetables but must also plant calamity-resistant products to avoid huge losses when calamities struck the province,” Dy said.
Farmers were advised to plant calamity-resistant agriculture products such as coffee, cassava and other products that are not susceptible to drought and storms.
Dy said the suggestion of planting coffee as alternative crop is also in line with the Department of Agriculture’s program of boosting coffee farming in the country.
Dy said the towns of San Agustin and Jones in the province can be a model for the municipalities of the province for having coffee plantations.
Dy said the provincial government is ready to provide financial support for similar undertakings in consonance with its flagship programs for Isabela farmers and for them to have enough income for their families.