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Distributions of DA Interventions and PAFES MOA Signing in Marinduque Province (June 17, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 17 June 2021

Agriculture Secretary William Dar awarded about P39-million-worth of interventions to at least 45 farmers’ cooperatives and associations in the six municipalities of Marinduque. The interventions include farm machinery and equipment such as rice threshers, hand tractors, and grass cutters, among others totaling P2.9 million. Sacks of certified rice seeds amounting to P4.754 million from the DA Rice Program, certified rice seeds from the Rehab Program amounting to P304,000, and assorted vegetable seeds worth P449,820 were also distributed.

In addition, 1,180 corn farmers, fishers, and vegetable growers received loan assistance amounting to about P29.5 million from the Survival and Recovery Assistance (SURE-Aid) program, while the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation distributed indemnity checks worth P820,763 to 117 to typhoon-affected farmers.

The Bureau Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in MIMAROPA, on the other hand, provided interventions amounting to P4.45 million. These include a refrigerated van (P2.5 million), fry Vannamei shrimp (P400,000), tilapia fry (P300,000), hook and line (P157,500), seaweeds seedlings (P1M), and farm implements for seaweeds (P100,000).

On top of all the interventions, the agri chief shared that the DA-Bureau of Agriculture Research (BAR) will allocate P10 million to support the research and development activities of the Marinduque State University for the improvement of the agriculture sector.

The Secretary’s visit to Marinduque coincided with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the Provincial-Led Agriculture and Fishery Extension System (PAFES), which will allow the province to serve as the implementor of the plans and programs developed by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Under PAFES, the provincial government will synchronize initiatives and orchestrate the carrying out of activities in line with the national agenda towards food security, to enable the local food producers to attain higher yields and incomes. Together with DA, it will also plan, invest, and monitor priority projects, focused on commodity specializations in their area. (Photo by Darius Mangampo, DA-AFID)