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Task Force El Niņo steps up mitigation measures in Negros

Negros Occidental (19 February) -- This province is just one of the 14 provinces in Luzon and Visayas identified by the Department of Agriculture where the earmarked initial budget of P882.18 million will be used to speed up the implementation of the mitigation measures for El Niņo.

As per the latest El Niņo update, over 200,000 metric tons of palay, corn and other crops with aggregate value of P2.84- billion had already been damaged by the dry spell.

"The task force is stepping up the implementation of mitigation measures in compliance with the latest directive from President Arroyo for the DA and other government agencies concerned to speed up and even expand the delivery of intervention programs that would help our small farmers and fisherfolk cope with the devastating effects of the latest El Niņo attack," DA Undersecretary Joel Rudinas said.

Based on the DA Central Action Center (DACAC) report, crops planted in 10,533 hectares have zero chance of recovery while those planted in another 147,633 ha can still recover from the dry spell?or a total of 158,166 ha of affected farmland with 201,237 MT of assorted crops valued at P2.84 billion combined.

Of these affected farms, 35,360 ha are palay fields with 56,696 MT of damaged crops valued at P963.84 million, while 122,748 ha are corn fields with 144,359 MT of damaged crops worth P1.88 billion, said DACAC chief Marites Bernardo in her situationer report.

DA Secretary Arthur Yap said, that due to these losses, the task force has set aside P52 million for its ongoing cloud seeding in Northern Luzon and Western Visayas and for the planned or requested cloud seeding in Central and Southern Luzon, Bicol Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region and SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Cotabato- Sultan Kudarat-Saranggani- General Santos).

Tagalog News: Mga produktong galing sa Mindanao, Cebu at Ilocos pinakamabili sa Baguio

Koronadal City (19 February) -- In-ulat ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) na ang mga native products na nagmula sa Mindanao, Cebu at Ilocos ang nagkaroon ng mataas na sales sa mga ginawang trade fairs sa Lungsod ng Baguio.

Ang mga fresh at processed durian mula sa Mindanao ay nakapagtala ng mataas na daily sales habang ang mga pinakamabiling produkto ng Cebu ay ang preserved mango at ibang tropical fruits.

Mula naman sa Ilocos, ang mga saleable products ay kinabibilangan ng tinubong (isang rice delicacy na inilalagay sa kawayan), alak at suka mula sa tubo at fired corn.

Kaugnay nito, inihayag ni South Cotabato DTI provincial director Flora Gabunales na isang malaking oportunidad para sa mga durian farmers na makilala sa buong bansa ang mga produktong durian ng Mindanao sa pamamagitan ng mga trade fairs sa ibang lugar.

Ang South Cotabato umano ay kabilang na rin sa mga lalawigan sa buong Mindanao na mayroong mataas na ani ng prutas na durian, na pinangungunahan ng Davao, Cotabato, Basilan. Zamboanga at Sultan Kudarat. (ac agad PIA 12) [top]

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