Tarabayen Ti Ca­gayan (Sup­port Ca­gayan), Syngenta gives hope to farm­ers af­fected by Typhoon Om­pong

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SYNGENTA PHILIP­PINES, a lead­ing agri­cul­tural seed and crop pro­tec­tion com­pany, re­cently vis­ited Bag­gao and Gat­taran, two of the hard­est hit farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties by Typhoon Om­pong in Ca­gayan prov­ince. Call­ing their ef­fort “Tarabayen Ti Ca­gayan” (Sup­port Ca­gayan), the team from Syngenta distributed food re­lief packs, sacks of rice and bags of the com­pany’s high-yield­ing corn seeds to help farm­ers get back on their feet and start plant­ing again, es­pe­cially those who had been un­able to har­vest their crops be­fore the typhoon hit.

Ad­dress­ing the farm­ers he per­son­ally vis­ited, the com­pany’s pres­i­dent and com­mer­cial unit head, Jet Parma, said it was im­por­tant that farm­ers re­al­ized they can re­cover from ad­ver­sity and start over by go­ing back to plant­ing. “We need to rise up,” he urged farm­ers. Syngenta is able to help them by bring­ing them prod­ucts that will help them in­crease yields in their farms. One such prod­uct that the com­pany gave away in the out­reach pro­gram is the NK 8840, a Bt corn va­ri­ety that bested other va­ri­eties in a high­est-yield corn derby con­ducted by the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture.

Aside from that, by way of launch­ing its new pro­gram called Syngenta Ti­wala In­sur­ance, which com­bines sales, mar­ket­ing, and cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity el­e­ments in one pack­age, the com­pany also gave 40 farm­ers free ac­ci­den­tal death in­sur­ance. With the Ti­wala In­sur­ance, in which Syngenta part­nered with In­su­lar Life, a farmer and his or her spouse can get free ac­ci­den­tal death in­sur­ance cover­age worth R50,000 to as much as R100,000 each upon their pur­chase of Syngenta’s seeds and/or crop pro­tec­tion prod­ucts. For the out­reach ac­tiv­ity in Ca­gayan, Syngenta gave 40 farm­ers an op­por­tu­nity to have the in­sur­ance for free.

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