Assistance to agricultural sector gets boost

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Assistance to agricultural sector gets boost

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, April 12 (PIA) – More than 7000 farmers in Mambajao from the livestock sector, corn sector, rice sector, including those growing high value crops were subsidized by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the local government unit (LGU) to boost agricultural productivity and economic activity.

As of last year, the government has dispersed ten cattle and conducted the regular bi-annual de-worming, vaccination, and treatment of livestock animals via house-to-house visits.

Community seed banking (roll-over scheme) was likewise initiated under the rice program, to include the distribution of laminated sacks and collapsible dryer, while it offers other rice diversification program under the Bottom-up-Budgeting approach.

Farm inputs through the Plant Now Pay Later (PNPL) program were turned over to corn farmers, last year, to include seed capital for sweet corn.

Under the high value crop development program, the Department of Agriculture is currently distributing plastic drums and cacao seedling, while the Mambajao Municipal Agriculture Office also released seeds and farm inputs for commercial and backyard farming as well as scale-insect control (organic ameliorant) for lanzones trees.

P2.4 million worth of agricultural infrastructure support program were also constructed by DA, with LGU Mambajao counterpart to include the palay shed in Litican, multi-purpose drying pavement in Lumad, Abu-Baylao, and Litican, and the construction and rehabilitation of communal irrigation project in Anito and Balbagon. (JCV/PIA 10)

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