Yolanda Survivors Receive Farm Inputs

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06042014 dar web news 1 pix 1SURVIVORS of typhoon “Yolanda” in Tacloban Agrarian Reform Community recently received various farm inputs and loan assistance from various donors to speed up the recovery of farming and livelihood activities in the province of Tacloban.

Agrarian Reform Assistant Regional Director Ismael Aya-ay said the agricultural support is realized through the Department of Agrarian Reform’s efforts (DAR) in engaging partnership with different organizations to extend assistance to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) victimized by the said typhoon.

The DAR assisted East-West Seed Company, Inc. in distributing to the Palanog Farmer-Beneficiaries Association free plastic mulch, seedling trays, assorted vegetable seeds and mongo seeds to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). This company also conducts agricultural training through the DAR’s Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS).
06042014 dar web news 1 pix 2Aya-ay said the Palanog farmers were among the early recipients of free high variety seeds from the East-West Seed Company after the typhoon. “Actually, they already harvested their produce from the seeds that were given to them,” he added.

Ana Daisy Monreal, senior technology transfer specialist of the East-West Seed Company, said that they are also offering soft loan to the Palanog farmers, which they could pay after the harvest.

East-West Seed Company likewise tied-up with YARA Fertilizer Philippines for the assorted fertilizers wherein each of the farmers received 27 kilos of fertilizers.

In addition, Organic Farming Innovations, Inc. Field Supervisor Charity Cañeso also offered agricultural loan and scholarships for the children of the farmers.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also distributed to the farmers 15 sets of farm tools consisting of bolo, shovel and hoe which the latter could use in their farming and livelihood activities. Each set was awarded to a group of five farmers.

Meanwhile, another box of assorted seeds for intercropping and 100 bags of coconut fertilizers from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) were to be distributed to coconut farmers in the area.