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DA distributes water pumps to Quirino irrigators

CABARROGUIS, Quirino (September 5) -- Assistant Regional Director Andrew Villacorta of the Department of Agriculture, spearheaded the distribution of at least twenty units of Open Surface Pump (OSP) to members of the Irrigators Association of Aglipay, Cabarroguis, Diffun and Maddela, in Quirino in a simple ceremony held at the provincial gymnasium recently.

The municipality of Maddela received a total of nine water pumps for barangays Namutulan, Pagui, Diduyon, Dumabato, Cabaruan, Poblacion and Madirma Irrigators Association. Diffun got six water pumps for Ganano, Gulac, Magic 8, Maria Clara and Saranay Irrigators Association. Cabrroguis was given four water pumps for Mangandingay, Villadelsan, Malini SWIP and San Marcos. Aglipay got only one for San Francisco communal irrigation system.

Villacorta said the water pumps which came from DA Central Office thru Secretary Arthur Yap, will be lent to the irrigators to help the farmers who were affected by the long dry spell which caused irreparable damage to rice, corn and other agricultural crops which are in the reproductive, vegetative and newly planted stage.

Aside from the distribution of water pumps, the DA will also distribute palay and corn seeds, muriate of potash, assorted vegetable seeds and fingerlings.

Gov. Dax Cua thanked the DA for its concern to the plight of farmers in Quirino. He said that the provincial government is looking for possible sources of assistance to be given to the farmers who were adversely affected by the drought.

The provincial chief stressed that the distribution of water pumps is only one of the programs intended to assist the farmers. He assured the farmers that his office will allocate funds intended for the said calamity.

Earlier, the province of Quirino was put under state of calamity after losses of close to fifty two million worth of damaged crops were reported due to the prolonged dry spell. (PIA Quirino) [top]

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