Just in time for the planting session, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) of the Republic of Turkey donated vegetable seeds and fertilizers to 64 farmers in Irosin, Sorsogon thru the Irosin Vegetable Production and the Federation of Sorsogon Vegetable Farmers and Growers.
The Philippine juncture of the program called “TIKAbuhayan” is in support to the least privileged vegetable farmers affected by Typhoon Nona (international name: Melor) in December 2015.
Aiming to support sustainable production facilities across the country targeting IP communities and comparatively less developed or disaster prone areas, the livelihood program is the aegis of the Eurasian country through its embassy in Manila.
Monbon Vegetable Growers Association president Antonio Buenaobra expressed his gratitude to TIKA and the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey for this timely and relevant project, adding that the donation will greatly help the farmers and their families to uplift their financial stability after Typhoon Nona devastated their livelihood.
Irosin Mayor Alfredo Cielo, Jr assured that his office will closely monitor the project in order to sustain the farmers’ livelihood, as well as to sustain the municipality’s goal to be the food basket of Sorsogon Province, likewise expressing gratitude to the Turkish Government for the uninterrupted support.
TIKA is the pioneer institution under the Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey responsible for international development cooperation, implementing projects and programs in more than 100 countries covering education, agriculture, health and humanitarian assistance.
In a bid to contribute to the bilateral relations between Turkey and the Philippines, TIKA set up a country office in Manila in 2015 operating under the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey.