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Monday, June 20, 2016

El Niño Affected Farmers in Region 10 gets Help from DA

Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Greenpeace

Drought-affected farmers in Northern Mindanao who suffered great losses in the El Niño received assistance and is now being distributed in the region by the Department of Agriculture. The assistance is worth P177 million pesos and was already being downloaded to the provincial agriculture offices.

Though some farmers in the region said that they haven’t received any help from the agency yet. "Wala paman gayud mi nakadawat ug tabang diri, ga-agad ra pud mi sa ila kay ang amo unta makatanom na nga naa pud ang tabang sa water pumps kay problema gayud ang tubig diri karon," Jun Benemerito, a spokesperson of Kasama-Bukidnon Organization said. He also added that DA officials told them that the seeds and water pumps will not be given to them for free, but only pay 10 percent of the price if members of a cooperative.

In the data provided by DA-Northern Mindanao, the Province of Bukidnon would be given a total of P128,946,470,000 million for its 98 water pumps and 29,116 bags of vegetable and hybrid seeds.

For Misamis Occidental, about P7,055,600 million worth of assistance will be provided to buy 51 water pumps and the 2,529 bags of different seeds while Misamis Oriental will be given P11,521,200 million for its 56 water pumps and over 5,000 different seeds for planting.

The city of Cagayan de Oro will receive a separate amount worth P2,055,090 million, enough to buy four pumps and 700 seed bags.

Camiguin, on the other hand, will receive the smallest amount worth P1,325,960 million for 11 pumps and 552 open-pollinated and vegetable seeds.

Lanao del Norte will be granted a total of P24,317,340 million for the needed 70 water pumps and 6,572 bags of seeds while another separate P2,108,740 will be given to Iligan City for its 3 water pumps and about 1,000 bags of seeds.

A total of P177,330,400 will be spent by DA-Northern Mindanao to cover the damages that the phenomenon brought.

As of May 11, DA 10 said the crop losses of the region is still at P2,412,105,840 billion, similar to a data provided by the agency last April.

About 54,018 farmers have been affected, the DA said.

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