PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Agusan del Sur blessed with support after calamitiesby David M. Suyao
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 25 (PIA) –- After calamities affected Agusan del Sur, people began to look for resources in order to recover what was lost.
Farmers rose and again prepared their fields for another agricultural challenge. The provincial government also did not waste time. Reports were submitted to concerned national government agencies seeking for assistance to recover.
Thus, a year ago, on January 2011, Department of Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala visited Agusan del Sur and handed over two farm tractors with an estimated cost of P4,800,000, four green houses worth P549,260, three computer with accessories worth P285,000, five pump engine sets worth P389,750, two open source pump worth P170,000, two power sprayers worth P80,000, 12 heads imported boer goats worth P936,000, 50 heads upgraded goats worth P400,000, 100 bags certified seeds worth P120,000, and 15 family drip irrigation worth P270,000.
Alcala also considered more than P800,000 for the soil survey and classification and land use assessment study for the agri-investment project in Agusan del Sur. Said amount will be subject for consideration also of DA-13 regional director Reinerio Belarmino.
The secretary also nodded when presented with the issue of funding support for the implementation of high value vegetables production worth P1 million. Another P6 million counterpart from DA for the establishment of liquid nitrogen plant was confirmed.
Specifically, for March 16 – September 15 2011 cropping season, Agusan del Sur received a 8,590 bags of certified seeds from Rapid Seeds Supply Financing Project phase 3, which were distributed to 5,448 rice farmers. The seeds were provided at 50:50 scheme where farmers would pay only P600.00 for each bag of certified seeds. The project was financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development through the Department of Agriculture.
On the other hand, the provincial government procured 3,740 bags of certified seeds purposely to rehabilitate damaged areas. The DA also funded another 3,740 bags as its counterpart for the rehabilitation program. A total of 7,480 bags were distributed to farmers.
Aside from certified seeds, Agusan del Sur also received inputs assistance under the DA’s Agri-Pinoy Rice Program. Among them are Well Grow Foliar Fertilizer, Zinc Sulphate and organic micronutrients.(PIA-Agusan del Sur)