P16-M re­hab as­sis­tance given to Marinduque af­ter 'Nina'

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! TECHNEWS! -

THE Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) has ex­tended P16.3 mil­lion worth of agri­cul­tural as­sis­tance to Marinduque for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram for both agri­cul­ture and fish­ery in­dus­tries badly dam­aged by typhoon Nina.

Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Emmanuel Piñol led the dis­tri­bu­tion of agri­cul­tural goods and marine en­gines to al­most 500 af­fected farm­ers and fish­er­folk dur­ing the stake­hold­ers’ con­sul­ta­tion in Boac, Marinduque re­cently.

"I am amazed by the re­silience of the Marinduque peo­ple,” Piñol said.

The re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as­sis­tance in­cludes 1,000 bags of cer­ti­fied palay seeds, 50 bags of OPV white corn seeds, 50 bags of or­di­nary hy­brid corn seeds, 40 ki­los of as­sorted veg­etable seeds, 30,000 pieces of cof­fee plant­ing ma­te­ri­als, 65,000 pieces of ca­cao plant­ing ma­te­ri­als, 55 heads of up­graded dairy goats (5 heads per mu­nic­i­pal­ity and 25 heads for the Pro­vin­cial Ve­teri­nary Of­fice), P35,326 worth of drugs and bi­o­log­ics for live­stock and poul­try in­dus­try (equiv­a­lent to 12 bot­tles of gen­tamizine,12 bot­tles of vi­ta­min b com­plex, 6 bot­tles of aben­daze 1liter each and 12 boxes of mul­ti­vi­ta­mins), and 50 marine en­gines and fish­ing para­pher­na­lia (150 sets of gill­nets and 10 units of han­d­line).

The DA chief also an­nounced the es­tab­lish­ment of the Pro­vin­cial Lakatan Nurs­ery amount­ing to P10 mil­lion to prop­a­gate the pro­duc­tion of ba­nana in­dus­try in the prov­ince.

"Bi­bil­hin namin ang semilya ng Lakatan dito sa probin­sya at palalak­i­hin sa nurs­ery tapos iba­ba­lik at ipa­pami­gay muli namin sa inyo ang mga ito,” Piñol said, adding that if the ba­nanas in the prov­ince do not suf­fer any dis­ease, then it is bet­ter to pro­tect its seedlings for pro­duc­tion.

Typhoon Nina has dam­aged a to­tal of 1,431 hectares (ha) of rice ar­eas and 33 ha of corn ar­eas. ( SDR/ Sun­nex)

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