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Bulacan receives P175M worth of seeds and fertilizers assistance from DA
Friday, 13 November 2020
CITY OF MALOLOS- Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar delivered the certificate of seeds and fertilizers assistance amounting to P175,923,000 to the province of Bulacan during the Rapid Damage Assessment on Agriculture and Fisheries due to Typhoon Ulysses held at the Balagtas Hall, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city.

This was after his personal visit to some affected farmlands specifically in Pulilan-Baliwag Bypass Road area together with Gov. Daniel R. Fernando, DA Asec. Noel Reyes, DA Regional Director Crispulo Bautista, RFO-III, Mayor Maria Rosario Ochoa-Montejo, Provincial Agriculturist Ma. Gloria SF. Carrillo, municipal agriculturists and farmer leaders.

"We are giving the province this assistance pero posible pa itong madagdagan depende sa magiging resulta ng assessment sa mga susunod na araw. Aside from this, may ayuda rin tayo, maagang pamaskong handog na P5,000 cash sa lahat ng rice farmers na nagsasaka ng isang ektarya pababa, gayundin sa mga non-rice farmers, ito 'yung mga nagtatanim ng mais, niyog, tubo at mga mangingisda mula sa Bayanihan 2," Dar said.

Moreover, the secretary said that farmers can still avail of the P25,000 loan with zero interest and will be payable in 10 years.

From the initial assessment, Fernando shared that as of the moment, although all towns and cities in the province were affected by typhoon Ulysses, farms in districts 1 and 2 were the most damaged.

"Marami po ang nasira at itong mga nasirang ito ay malaking bagay para sa mga Bulakenyo, pagkain po ito ng Bulacan. Sabi ng ating PDDRMO may mga bagyo pang darating, talaga pong sabay-sabay, nandyan pa ang pandemya. This is a challenge for us pero naniniwala ako na makakaahon tayo basta tulung-tulong," Fernando shared.

Carrillo said that based on reports, standing crop for palay is estimated at 10k to 12k hectares at reproductive and maturity stages for wet season and approximately 5k hectares newly planted for dry season.

Standing crop for lowland vegetable is approximately 1,000 hectares. "These are initial data as damage reports are still underway and actual situation will be seen after 3 to 4 days when floods have subsided," Carrillo explained.

Also, RD Bautista said that owners may report casualties of their livestock due to typhoons which will be included in their recovery plan program. Meanwhile, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz, RO-III reported that in Region III, approximately 7,500 metric tons of bangus worth P600M were damaged and P100M worth of bangus fingerlings were destroyed. ###

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