The Department of Agriculuture said today that 65 percent of farmers in the areas ravaged by typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 have already harvested their crops, as the DA continues to help those who were affected by the strongest typhoon in history.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said a month after Yolanda wreaked havoc in 44 out of our 81 provinces, the DA, together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations distributed sacks of certified seeds and fertilizer to the affected farmers.
“At ito po ay maipagmamalaki natin. Nakapag-harvest po ang mga taga-Leyte at taga-Samar four months after nang nakapagtanim po sila. At ngayon po nakapagtanim sila ng second crop. Iyan po ay maipagmamalaking intervention ng DA,” Alcala said.
He added the toppled coconut trees also posed a problem and the DA helped in clearing operations because rhinoceros beetles might multiply in them and later cause damage to the trees that survived.
The Secretary said that the DA also provided fast-growing crops to those who were willing to plant, among them pechay and mustard, which can be harvested in 20 to 45 days.
Besides these, the DA also has a midterm program for raising ruminants, either goats or sheep for every five kilometers of the areas damaged by Yolanda.
The Department provided planting materials for the grass that the animals will eat, according to Alcala.
Every five kilometers we will put clusters of either goats or sheep to enhance the source of protein of our countrymen who were affected by typhoon Yolanda, Alcala said.
In June, the DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources launched the “unsinkable” Bangkang Pinoy that aims to give fishermen, who risk their lives at sea on a daily basis, guaranteed additional protection especially during inclement weather.
At least 5,000 of these unsinkable, tree-friendly and durable fishing boats are expected to be produced and distributed by the DA before the year ends as part of the government’s “build-back better” strategy to help Yolanda-affected communities recover. (DA-OSEC)
Atty. Emerson U. Palad
Undersecretary for Field Operations
Contact No. 09219780403