Farmers in flood-stricken Mindoro receive P4-M certified seeds from DA
Farmers impacted by the sequence of flooding that hit this city and six other towns in Oriental Mindoro from December to January this year received 2,850 bags of certified seeds worth PHP4,332,000 from the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan).
This was the outcome of the requests for help made by the municipal/city mayors through their respective municipal/city agriculture officers, according to Engr. Ma. Christine Inting, officer-in-charge-Regional Executive Director of DA-Mimaropa, on Thursday.
Inting claimed in a statement sent via email to the Philippine News Agency that they responded right away using their emergency buffer stock. On January 14, she claimed, they began the distribution.
She reaffirmed that they would keep working with local government units and federal organizations, such as the Department of Public Works and Highways, the National Economic Development Authority, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, to talk about long-term solutions to issues that arise during disasters like flooding that affect farms and livestock.
She stated, “We at DA-Mimaropa are devastated by what occurred to our farmers in Oriental Mindoro from the catastrophe that was brought on by the northeast monsoon and shear line.”
Inting also urged farmers to protect their crops and livestock with PCIC insurance so that they have a backup plan in case of disaster.
9,556.24 hectares of farms were impacted by the floods between December 19, 2022, and January 23, 2023, according to the municipal and city agriculture offices, with Naujan town suffering the largest loss at 3,114.29 hectares.
One of the farmers who received certified seeds from the DA was Danilo Geneta of Barangay San Juan, Victoria town, who thanked the organization for the help.
“We appreciate DA for the seeds offered to our association because it is a major help for us to recover our palay fields from the flooding,” said another beneficiary, Dionisia Bas of Barangay Mabini in the same town.
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