DA to support typhoon affected poultry growers, farmers in Isabela
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol assured that poultry growers and farmers in Isabela will receive support from the Department of Agriculture (DA) so they can recover quickly from the damages they incurred from Typhoon Rosita.
During Piñol’s visit in Isabela, DA made several commitments such as insurance coverage for all farmers affected by the typhoon, even those who are not listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).
The DA chief also also committed full insurance coverage of P90 per head of chicken for future damages caused by natural calamities, including outbreak of diseases, for poultry farms with an insurance premium of only P1 per chicken per cycle. RSBSA members will get automatic coverage.
A P5 million loan from the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) as working capital to operate a local feed mill to bring down the cost of production will also be provided.
Moving forward, Piñol said the agency will open TienDA Malasakit Stores across four cities in the Cagayan Valley Region where dressed chicken could be directly sold by the farmers at prices lower than in the wet markets.
“I made a promise to come back for the opening of the TienDA Malasakit Stores before the end of November,” Piñol said.
“The poultry growers and farmers may have been knocked down by Typhoons Ompong and Rosita but with government support, they will certainly get back on their feet and prevail,” he added.