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Awarding of Assistance to Calamity-affected Farmers and Fisherfolk in CAR (Oct. 28, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 28 October 2021

Agriculture Secretary William Dar led the awarding of checks and cash assistance for the calamity-affected farmers and fisherfolk in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) on October 28, 2021.

The Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Credit Policy Council (DA-ACPC) approved a credit fund amounting to P10 million for the Lengaoan Indigenous Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative as lending conduit under the Expanded SURE Aid and Recovery Project. It will benefit small farmers and fisherfolk affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and Typhoon Maring.

With the initial fund release of P5 million, P400,000 will be released to 20 affected households. Small farmers and fishers may avail of P20,000 interest-free loans without collateral and payable for 10 years through the SURE Program.

Secretary Dar also announced that additional assistance amounting to at least P135 million from the Quick Response Fund has been allotted for the region’s rehabilitation and recovery program to benefit the farmers and fisherfolk severely affected by Habagat and Typhoon Maring.

Assistant Secretary for Operations Arnel De Mesa, Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications Noel Reyes, and DA Regional Director Cameron Odsey joined the agri chief during the awarding of assistance. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)

Matrix of Comments and Suggestions on the Proposed Department of Agriculture (DA) Memorandum Circular on Plant Breeding Innovations (PBIs)

The Department of Agriculture Technical Advisory Group on Modern Biotechnology and Related Innovations for Agriculture and Fisheries (TAG-MBI) hereby presents the matrix of response and actions taken in view of the comments and suggestions received during the conduct of virtual and written stakeholder consultations on September 23 and 30, 2021.

The matrix can be viewed and downloaded using this link: https://bit.ly/DA-memo-circular-on-PBIs-matrix-of-comments