CAMIGUIN, Nov. 18 (PIA)--With the advisories provided prior to landfall of the four recent typhoons in the country, farmers and fisherfolk were able to save P32 billion worth of agricultural produce or harvests.
Department of Agriculture (DA) Sec. William Dar said they also recorded P11 billion loss in agricultural products during the Network Briefing News with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, November 18.
To aid affected farmers and fisherfolk, Dar said they will be providing hybrid seeds to the farmers and they also provided logistics support where DA will give 80 percent of the expenses needed to help market the produce and assist the farmers in the area, and 20 percent will be the farmers coop or associations' equity.
DA also sent one truck so the farmers can easily go to Manila to sell their products. For other concerns, Dar urges farmers coops to visit the DA regional office and coordinate with the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) in the region so the farmers can also sell their products to Kadiwa outlets in Manila.
Furthermore, farmers' registry will be updated to determine the farmers who will be recipients of DA programs, projects and services.
"Be assured na equal ang treatment kung saan may pinsala ng agrikultura, andiyan ang DA na tutulong (that there is equal treatment to those with agricultural damages, DA is here to help)," Dar said.
Indemnification from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will also be provided to each farmer of about P10,000-P15,000 as well as the SURE Loan, which allows farmers to get loans with a maximum of P25,000 with zero interest and payable in 10 years.
"Malaki po ang imbentaryo natin dito sa bansa ang nawala o napinsala sa rice ay equivalent for a six-day consumption so mataas ang inventory natin, 98 days minus 6, mayroon pa rin tayong good for three months na imbentaryo. So walang pangamba ang mga mamamayan in spite of all these big challenges, big typhoons ay nakakasiguro po natin na may sapat na pagkain," Dar added.
(We have big inventory here in our country. The damage or rice loss is just equivalent to a six-day consumption so our inventory is still high, 98 days minus 6, we still have commodities good for three months inventory. Our fellowmen should have nothing to worry because in spite of all these big challenges, big typhoons, we assure enough food for everyone). (RTP/PIA10)