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PGMA distributes irrigation pumps to Cagayan farmers

Tuguegarao City (4 March) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has distributed Certificates of Allocation for 426 irrigation pumps amounting to P10.9 million to help the Cagayan farmers mitigate the effects of the El Nino phenomenon.

The Chief Executive who visited Cagayan for the North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle (NLAQ) Super Region tour, personally presented the Certificates of Allocation to Cagayan Governor Alvaro Antonio at the Florencio Vargas College here.

Antonio who briefed the President on the effects of El Nino in the province, said most of the municipalities have been adversely affected by the dry spell but some, especially in the northern part have been spared.

The water pumps were to be distributed to the affected farmers of the Municipalities of Solana, Piat, Sto Nino, Tuao, Rizal and Tuguegarao City.

The governor has also expressed his gratitude to the president saying this is a big boost to the agricultural productivity of the province. "Cagayan is the seventh biggest producer of corn in the country", Antonio added.

Outgoing Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said that the irrigation pumps are part of the 1,363 sets worth P35.6 million being distributed by the Department of Agriculture.

The NLAQ consists of Region I, II, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the northern part of Region III and it is the fifth and last super regions visited by the President.

In her brief speech, the President explained that her regional visits were to assess the progress of her strategic plan to expand political and economic footprint to lift up all regions not just Metro Manila.

The President said the government has been investing billions of pesos to tie the nation together through a better, more modern transportation system, lift up our next generation with more schools to ensure a better education and keep our nation clean, safe and beautiful to tap the best of our natural beauty.

Aside from the provision of water pumps, the government has already undertaken several El Nino interventions for the province of Cagayan.

Based on the report submitted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) here, cloud seeding operation has been conducted.

A total of P12.4 million has been allocated for the provisionn of fuel assistance for rice and corn (P150,000 per municipality) in addition to local government units initiatives.

Vegetable seeds worth P10-million are now being readied for distribution. Pesticides/rodenticide were distributed to 338 rat infested barangays covering 11,000 hectares. Infestation now under control.

The National Irrigationn Administration has implemented rotational irrigation system since December 2009 to preserve water until harvest time and information campaign on water conservation has been conducted where 15,518 farmers were also trained on proper water management thru farmers' field school. (PIA 2) [top]

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