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DA-CAR turns over P13.65M assistance to Abra rice farmers

BANGUED, Abra(PIA) - - Various assistance to boost rice production in the province  were recently turned over to farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs)  in  the province  in celebration of the National Rice Awareness Month and the 7th Organic Agriculture Month this November.

The  Department of Agriculture – Cordillera Administrative Region  turned over a total of P13.65 million worth of projects   composed two irrigation systems facilities costing P9.33M and  post harvest facilities worth P4.32M   last November 18  in the town of Lagayan.

The P3.395M Collago Diversion Dam Project and the P5.940M Gayaman Dapat Diversion Dam were handed over to the Gayaman Community Farmers Association and the Gonglo DAguiti Mannalon Amianan, Inc., respectively.

The following post harvest facilities were also delivered to their respective  beneficiaries-  Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement (MPDP) worth P200,000.00 and warehouse(P500,000) to Abra Vegetable Seed Growers Development Cooperative Development; warehouse to the Abra Diocesan Teachers and Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative; MPDP to Barangay Local Government Unit of Bagalay, and three four-wheel drive tractors worth P975,022.22 each to the Malabbaga La Paz Farmers Association, Inc., Danglas Abra Farmers Brotherhood Association, Inc., and Cosili West Bangued Abra Farmers Association, Inc.

Supervising Agriculturist -Regional Rice Banner Program Coordination Marlyn Tejero of DA-CAR also bared that some 16,538 individual rice farmers from the 27 municipalities are set to receive P5, 000.00 cash each under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund – Rice Farmers Financial Assistance Program.

Distribution of said financial assistance will start last week of November until end of December this year hand in hand with the P21.80M worth of seeds and fertilizers.

Lagayan Mayor Edmarc L. Crisologo acknowledged DA for the programs that will boost agriculture not only in his town but other towns of the province for the community and the farmers.

Beneficiaries   thanked the government for its continuing assistance to farmers.  Jovito Rosendo, a member of the Gayaman Community Farmers Association, said that if not for these interventions given the challenges confronting farmers such as the impact of typhoons and the COVID-19 pandemic, they would not be able to get through and have their share in securing food for the entire nation.

Buklod ti Mannalon ti Amianan President Severino Montilla said these assistance increase productivity of their rice farms. From only one cropping, it has increased to two croppings per year.

Meanwhile, part of the event was an information caravan or “Usapang Agrikultura” of DA’s attached bureaus and partner agencies such as the National Irrigation Administration, Agricultural Training Institute, National Food Authority, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, Agricultural Credit Policy Council which presented their programs and services. This was participated by more than a hundred farmers and agricultural extension workers.

 The participants also made an oath and recited the consumers’ pledge to reduce rice wastage called the “Panatang Makapalay.” Farmers and stakeholders also stated their pledge of commitment to the National Rice Awareness Month. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Abra)

A member of farmers’ cooperatives receives certificate from the assistance extended by the Department of Agriculture – CAR Office during the turn-over of interventions on November 18, 2021 in Lagayan, Abra. (SCA-PIA-CAR, Abra)
More than a hundred farmers and agricultural extension workers joined the turn over of interventions for the Rice Banner Program of the government in celebration of the National Rice Awareness Month and the 7th Organic Agriculture Month \on November 18, 2021 in Lagayan. (SCA-PIA-CAR, Abra)

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