Friday, April 19, 2013

DA grants P80-M agrifishery support to Polillo farmers, fisherfolks

From the Website of GPH - Government of the Philippines

DA grants P80-M agrifishery support to Polillo farmers, fisherfolks

An April 17, 2013, press release from the Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is allotting an initial P80 million for various agricultural and fishery projects to further increase the productivity and income of small farmers and fisherfolk in five towns comprising the Polillo group of islands, in Quezon.

Secretary of Agriculture Proceso J. Alcala said such assistance is also aimed at making Polillo sufficient in rice, other staples, fish, vegetables, and other crops. He led the distribution of various farm inputs, equipment, and projects to more than 1,000 farmers, fisherfolk, and local government officials during a two-day visit, highlighted by the Agriculture and Fisheries Development Summit at Polillo town hall, on April 15, 2013.

He said the DA through its Region 4-A (Calabarzon) office and other concerned DA agencies are assisting the local governments of the five towns (Polillo, Jomalig, Patnanungan, Burdeos, and Panukulan) craft a medium-term agriculture and fisheries development plan or roadmap to make Polilians sufficient in rice and major staples.

“We need to expand the area planted to rice in each of the barangays in Polillo group of islands in line with the Aquino government’s goal to achieve sufficiency in rice by end of 2013,” said the DA chief. He asked Polillian farmers to coordinate with the DA’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), led by Dir. Vince Tejada, to locate springs to be tapped as sources of irrigation, and establishment of small water impounding projects (SWIPs).

The bulk of the interventions consisted of P54.7-M worth of crop and accident insurance coverage from the DA’s Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), for farmers, fisherfolk and their families in the five towns of Polillo (P13.5-M worth of insurance), Jomalig (P15M), Patnanungan (P9.6M), Burdeos (P8.35M), and Panukulan (P8.25M).

The DA through Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) also provided P14-M worth of assistance in the form of thousands of coconut seedlings and livelihood projects under the DA-PCA KAANIB program.

Further, he instructed PCA Administrator Euclides Forbes to set up a coconut processing facility in Polillo that will produce virgin coconut oil, coco sugar, water, and coir, among other coconut by-products.

For its part, the DA’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) provided P5-million worth of fishnets, fishing gears, and paraphernalia.

Two barangay food terminals worth P2M will be established by the DA’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), while P1.5-M worth of farm equipment (hand tractors, water engine pumps, and coffee dryer), native pig and chicken, and a training module was allotted under the DA’s organic agriculture program.
The DA High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) provided P1.7-M worth of farm equipment and various fruit seedlings (rambutan, lanzones, citrus, coffee, and cacao), rootcrops (ube), and assorted vegetable seeds. The equipment included knapsack sprayers, cacao dehuller, pH meters, and repair of Bio-N fertilizer facility.

The DA rice and corn programs gave P1.4-M worth of certified rice seeds (200 50-kilo bags worth P240,000), 150 bags of yellow and white corn seeds (P360,000), and dozens of farm equipment that included hand tractors, rice cutters, knapsack sprayers, collapsible dryers, and laminated tarps or trapal.

Polillian rural women and youth, who are members of Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs) and 4-H Clubs, also received P170,000-worth of livelihood projects from the DA’s Agricultural Training Institute.

During the forum, Secretary Alcala promptly addressed the concerns and issues raised by farmers and fisherfolk. He was assisted by head of DA agencies present that included Assistant Secretary and national corn program coordinator Edilberto de Luna, PCA Administrator Euclides Forbes, PCIC President Jovy Bernabe, BSWM Director Silvino Tejada, BFAR Director Asis Perez, and DA Region 4-A Director Vilma Dimaculangan.

Secretary Alcala also raffled off to participants several heads of farm animals (cattle, carabaos with implements, piglets, sheep, and cattle), and hand tractors to each of the five municipalities in Polillo.

GPH Website


Human Rights Advocacy Promotions | Human Rights

Home - Human rights Promotions Website




Post a Comment