DA distributes funds, equipment in Western Visayas
The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas distributed P31-million worth of agriculture and fishery equipment and gear for farmers and fishermen, while those affected by the recent tropical storms received insurance payments.
Funded under DA Rice, High Value Crops and Organic Agriculture programs, machineries including four units of flatbed dryer, 17 hand tractors, three mobile dryers, eight reaper harvesters, two recirculating dryers, 52 threshers, five cultivators, and six pump and engine sets were given.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), on the other hand, turned over fishery projects amounting to P5 million.
These include 267 seaweed farm implements, 30 units of 20-footer fiberglass boats, one unit of 30-footer fiberglass boats and 35 stainless fish stalls for the fisherfolk of Dumangas, Northern Iloilo and Iloilo City.
Meanwhile, 200 Ilonggo farmers whose crops were damaged due to weather disturbances had claimed a total of P1.1 million indemnity from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation.