The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has started distributing certified seeds and urea fertilizers to areas hardest hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
In a statement, DA-Region VI Regional Director Larry Nacio–nales said that the distribution of seeds and fertilizers to typhoon-affected farmers, as identified and validated by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, will help lessen the cost of production and boost output in Western Visayas.
Besides palay seeds and fertilizer, Nacionales said, the DA and the FAO will distribute corn seeds, farm tools and water pumps and the beneficiaries are those identified on their master list.
Distribution of seeds started in December 2013 and 16,321 bags of certified seeds have been dispersed to six provinces of Western Visayas. Some 9,698 bags of these were certified seeds from the FAO, while the remaining was from last year’s buffer stock of the DA 6.
“The fertilizer distribution is ongoing and it started last January 16. Only Iloilo and Capiz have so far received bags of fertilizer,” said regional seed coordinator Edgar Baylon, adding that FAO has also distributed 9,700 bags of fertilizers in the region.
The allocations are based on the extent of damage suffered by the typhoon-afflicted municipalities. Iloilo will receive 3,085 bags of fertilizer, Capiz 4,013 bags, Aklan 800 bags, Antique 800 bags and Negros Occidental 1,000 bags.
Baylon said the provinces in Region 6 would receive 2,300 bags of corn seeds, 5,600 sets of farm tools and 600 units of water pumps after the distribution of certified seeds and fertilizers.