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Distribution of DA Assistance in Ilocos Sur (Sept. 25, 2020)

Author: DA Communications Group | 25 September 2020

More than P592-million (M) worth of assistance and interventions were extended by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to increase the productivity and incomes of farmers and their families in Ilocos Sur.

The bulk of the assistance was comprised of farm machinery and equipment that were distributed to farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) by Agriculture Secretary William Dar during his visit to Sta. Maria and Vigan, Ilocos Sur, on September 25, 2020. He was assisted by DA Ilocos Regional Field Office (RFO1) Officer-in-Charge Director Nestor Domenden.

Dozens of farm machinery and equipment, worth P55.85M, were awarded to 76 FCAs from 27 municipalities in the first and second congressional districts of Ilocos Sur, broken down as: 34 FCAs from 10 towns under the 1st District received P25.6-M worth of farm machinery and equipment; and 42 FCAs from 17 municipalities in District 2 received P30.1-M worth.

Other farmers and fisherfolk also received other forms of assistance to enable them to increase their productivity and incomes from rice, corn, high-value crops, poultry, livestock, fisheries, and aquaculture.

Ilocos Sur farmers will receive other forms of assistance this year to enable them to increase their productivity and incomes, under the respective DA commodity program for rice (P462M), corn (P5.7M), high-value crops (P9.7M), and livestock (P50M).

A P65M fund has also been allocated for the construction of several kilometers of farm to market roads (FMRs).

On top of it, Dar also committed P90M for the establishment of a fisheries school and a food processing facility in the Municipality of Narvacan. (Photos by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)