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NegOr to buy P20M rice for farmers

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The Negros Oriental provincial government is set to procure thousands of rice bags worth P20 million for distribution to farmers and fisherfolk who have been affected by the El Niño-induced drought.

Adrian Sedillo, Local Disaster Risk-Reduction & Management 0fficer of Negros Oriental, told the media on Wednesday that the money is available, and will be taken from the Province’s Quick Response Fund.

The QRF is a 30 percent portion of the Province’s Calamity Fund that can be used following the declaration placing the Province under a State of Calamity, he said.

“The latest report submitted by the Department of Agriculture showed that roughly 14,000 farmers have been badly hit by the El Niño, and each will be given a 25-kilo sack of rice,” he added.

Meanwhile, other interventions by the provincial government to cushion the negative impact of the phenomenon include the procurement of 100 portable water pumps and some P100 million worth of tractors, mini dump trucks and other heavy equipment.

On Tuesday, Gov. Manuel Sagarbarria led other government officials in blessing the heavy equipment at the Capitol grounds.

These will be distributed to various local government units to help in recovery efforts and in preparation for the rainy season or the expected La Niña to hit the province in the coming months, Sagarbarria said.

The portable water pumps will be loaned to LGUs or farmers’ associations so they can draw water to irrigate farmlands that still have the chance for recovery, he said.

As of the latest report, Negros Oriental incurred some P541-million worth of damage in agricultural losses. (Judy F. Partlow/PNA)

 

 

 

 

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