PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Rehabilitation of flood-affected farmers underwayby Merlito G. Edale, Jr.
ILAGAN, Isabela, January 3 (PIA) -- The provincial government has mounted a rehabilitation plan to help the flood-affected rice and corn farmers in the province to stand up and begin a normal life after the province experienced heavy rains that destroyed wide areas of rice and corn lands.
The heavy rains have submerged and destroyed rice and corn plants particularly those that are near the rivers where vast areas of rice and corn lands are located.
Governor Faustino G. Dy III has ordered concerned offices of the provincial government in crafting a rehabilitation plan until January 15 which will include interest-free loans to flood-affected corn farmers in order for them to rehabilitate their agricultural lands.
Other plans include a study of the possible change of months of planting season to avoid calamities during the final stage of harvesting season and to encourage them to insure their agricultural plants to the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).
Dy said the measures would help the farmers regain their losses after any calamities to hit the province.
In the latest report of the provincial agriculture office to the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council (PDRRMC), total damages on corn plants caused by the recent floods reached to P119 million while P26 million on rice.
In the report, 18, 323 corn and 9, 238 rice farmers were affected by the recent floods.
The total hectare planted to corn in the province is pegged at 54, 581 hectares where 4, 534 hectares were totally damaged and partially damaged reached to 13, 789 hectares.
On palay, the total hectares planted to palay in the province reached to 54, 989 hectares and the total affected areas are 80 hectares while partially damaged 10, 605 hectares.
A total of 10, 935 farmers were affected. (TCB/MGE/PIA- Isabela)