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Abra rice farmers get free certified seeds

by Maritess Beņas

Bangued, Abra (16 January) -- In response to the plight of the farmers of Abra for more support from the government due to the damages wrought by Typhoon Ondoy last year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) embarked on a special seed dispersal project here.

The distribution of certified seeds of palay is spearheaded by the National Food Authority (NFA) headed by Ms. Cecilia A. Concuvierta, in collaboration with the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG), and the recipient municipal local government units (LGUs).

Since December 23, 2009, a total of 2,267 bags of 40 kilograms of palay seeds have already been distributed to 15 municipalities. The seeds are distributed to the farmers for the second cropping which actually starts in the months of December and January.

Mr. Veralew de Vera, the provincial economist of the NFA here said the certified seeds distribution is applicable only to towns that have irrigable ricelands to be planted for the second cropping season.

The 15 municipalities that already got their seed allocation are: Tayum, Bangued, La Paz, Lagangilang, Langiden, Pidigan, Danglas, Tineg, Lagayan, Manabo, Sallapadan, Luba, San Juan, Bucay, and Peņarrubia. Seven more municipalities are set to get their share of the certified seeds.

The Abra Seed Growers Cooperative (ASGC) which won the bidding is supplying the certified seeds for this particular program.

As of this writing, Edgar Peralta, the project coordinator for the Certified Seeds Distribution Program of the NFA is still coordinating with the municipal agriculture officers of the concerned LGUs to come up with the masterlist of the farmers being distributed with the seeds. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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