The Department of Agriculture in Ilocos Region distributed today a total of Php103,351,485 worth of farm interventions to hundreds of farmers in the second district of Ilocos Sur held at the Candon Convention Center, Candon City, Ilocos Sur.
Of this amount, bulk of the interventions distributed came from the Rice Banner Program amounting to Php99,601,136 for the distribution of hybrid rice seeds as well as pump and engine sets.
Of the 22 municipalities and one city in the second district, the municipality of Narvacan got the biggest share of 2,262 bags of hybrid seeds amounting to Php10,857,600 followed by the municipality of Santa Cruz with 1,901 bags amounting to Php9,124,800.
Four units of pump and engine sets were also distributed by the Rice Banner Program, two each for the Asosasyon Dagiti Mannalon ti Barangay Casilagan, Inc. and the Ambucao Centro Farmers Association amounting to P346,736.
Under the HVCD Program, a total of P3,588,013 worth of interventions were given to various farmers’ associations in the form of pump and engine sets, plastic crates, vegetables seeds, plastic drums, garden tools, plastic mulch, and flower inducers.
The NUPAP or the National Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Program likewise provided the Ayuda Multi-purpose Cooperative with various garden tools and assorted vegetable seeds including plastic drums for the establishment of its urban agriculture garden amounting to Php94,405.
As assistance to farmers affected by typhoon Neneng, the DA under its Quick Response Funds, distributed various fertilizers such as foliar, complete, and muriate of potash including watermelon planting seeds were provided amounting to Php1,011,850.
Meanwhile, in support to the Organic Agriculture Program of the DA, six farmers’ association have also received various interventions like plastic drum, net mesh, and plastic crates amounting to Php162,334.
Leading the distribution ceremony are second district Representative Kristine Singson-Meehan, Ilocos Sur Board Member Christopher Baterina, DA-RFO I Regional Executive Director Annie Q. Bares, Farmer-Director for the month of May, Former Burgos Mayor Benjamin Campañano and Candon City Mayor Eric Singson.