• Rice for drought-stricken Visayas, Mindanao farmers


    Twenty thousand sacks of rice are targeted to support hunger-stricken farmers amid the destructive El Niño phenomenon in the Visayas and Mindanao.

    Called “Balik Biyaya” by SL Agritech Corp. (SLAC), the program aimed to raise the goal until end of October to be given to El Niño-affected farmers.

    “We’re raising 20,000 sacks of rice under our ‘Balik Biyaya’ program because we want to give back to our farmers who are the ones feeding the nation,” Michelle Lim-Gankee, SLAC assistant to the chairman said.

    To effectively drum up support to combat hunger, SLAC, also tapped Red Cross International, as well as actor Alden Richards and other known personalities to entice more Filipinos to support the farmers.

    Gankee said that for every two kilos purchase of Doña Maria or Willy Farms rice, SLAC will give 400 grams of rice to affected Filipino farmers, while one kilo for every five kilos bought and two kilos donation for 10 kilos.

    Mindanao has been hardest hit by El Niño during the first half of the year, as well as North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Maguindanao, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao City, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Sur, Isabela, Cagayan, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, part of Ifugao and Kalinga provinces.

    In Maguindanao alone, an estimated 17,000 hectares of rice and cornfields were damaged affecting more than 20,000 farmers, which consequently caused the province placed under a state of calamity.


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