DA’s Covid-19 Interventions Benefit Over 120K Bicolanos


Pili, Cam Sur – The Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office in Bicol has given various forms of assistance to over 120,000 farmers and households affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis in terms of food resiliency and farm productivity.

Emily Bordado, DA-Bicol spokesperson, in an interview on Monday, cited that the Covid-19 Food Resiliency Task Force created in March was among the agency’s response to the battle against the effects of the pandemic.

Bordado said that under the Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) program, a total of ₱ 317.3 million in cash assistance has been distributed to 58,446 farmers in the region.

“For our expanded Survival and Recovery Assistance Program for Rice Farmers (SURE Aid Program), we released ₱ 73.5 million for marginalized small farmers and fishers (MSFF). From this amount, a total of 2,941 small farmers tilling below three hectares received the financial assistance and ₱ 89 million for micro and small enterprises (MSEs),” she said. This aid, she added, is in the form of a loan.

As part of the “Plant, Plant Plant” program, Bordado said DA-Bicol has distributed 5,342 assorted vegetable seeds, 2,767 garden tools, 5,212 bags of corn seeds, and 949 bags of fertilizers to local government units that were later distributed to households and farmers.

Under the “Kadiwa sa DA/Kadiwa on Wheels” program, Bordado said 58,850 households were served by mobile stores selling lower-priced commodities with a total ₱ 66.3 million generated in sales.

Meanwhile, DA-Bicol continues to monitor the piggeries in the region’s six provinces for African swine fever (ASF).

Bordado said “12,437 heads of swine were depopulated in Camarines Sur while (a) ₱ 44-million indemnification was paid to 1,684 affected hog growers or affected farmers”.
(OIC Melvin Barayoga, RPN DZKI Iriga)

(Source: DA-Bicol)

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