To contribute to government’s bid on sustaining food security amid COVID-19, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1 (DA – RFO1)’s Research Division through the directives of the Regional Executive Director, Lucrecio R. Alviar Jr., is continuing to give briefing and training to the farmer recipients regarding the Innovative Family Enterprise Development (IFED) project of the agency on June 11-12, 2020 to the 30 farmers from the different associations in the three (3) barangays of Bagulin, La Union (Barangay Barbarauis, Cambaly and Sumadag).
The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1’s satellite station located at Pangasinan Research and Experiment Center (PREC), Sual, Pangasinan headed by station manager - Dr. Mary Jane Alcedo distributed assorted seeds including; OPV seeds, 15 seedling trays of eggplant and tomatoes and 3 bags of vermicompost to the Parayao National High School Senior High School students on June 3, 2020 to enhance support for the Urban Agriculture Program of DA.
Some 2,500 households of small farmers and fisherfolk in the Ilocos Region whose incomes were affected during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on March 16 to April 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to benefit from the Agriculture Credit and Policy Council’s (ACPC) Expanded SURE Aid and Recovery loan program which has kicked off on June 1, in San Gabriel, La Union with an initial release of Php 2, 650, 000 covering 106 beneficiaries.
Having realized the importance of growing their own backyard vegetable garden at home, more and more individuals from all walks of life visit the DA-Ilocos Norte Research and Experiment Center located in Batac City, Ilocos Norte and the Pangasinan Research and Experiment Center in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan to get their share of free pinakbet-vegetable seeds and seedlings to support the implementation of the DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program through Urban Agriculture.
A total of 17, 769 farmers from the province of La Union already received their P5,000 cash assistance under the Financial Subsidy for Rice Farmers (FSRF) program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) as of May 30, 2020.