Agri sector hurt by nearly P2B due to typhoons
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the damages inflicted by several typhoons to the agriculture sector already stood at nearly P2 billion, prompting the Department of Agriculture (DA) to release necessary interventions to provinces affected by the recent calamities.
As of now, the DA has already turned over P81-million worth of seeds to Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. to start the relief and rehabilitation efforts in agriculture and fisheries sector in areas affected by a series of tropical storms, which swept through several provinces in Luzon, including the island of Mindoro.
In addition to the seeds, a P50-million loan fund, which could be accessed by farmers without any interest or collateral, was also allocated for Pangasinan.
Fiberglass fishing boats and nets will also be delivered by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to replace those lost by fishermen.
Fingerlings of Bangus, Pangasinan’s most famous product, will also be given to fish cage and fishpond farmers.
“Pangasinan was one of the three provinces which I visited yesterday as I decided to personally supervise the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the Department so that farmers and fishermen affected by the storms could recover immediately,” Piñol said.