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OAS Kalinga submits P71-M El Nino rehab plan

Tabuk City, Kalinga (1 May) -- The Office on Agricultural Services (OAS) proposed the amount of P71 million to mitigate effects of El Nino especially on crops in the province.

In the rehabilitation plan submitted by Provincial Agriculturist Gerardo Jose to Governor Floydelia Diasen for approval, the amount of P31 million was proposed to rehabilitate rice production, P36M for corn, and P2.5M for high value commercial crops.

Accordingly, sources of equity will come from the Department of Agriculture - Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) with P32 million while the provincial local government unit to share P22M counterpart.

The City of Tabuk was also tapped to shell out P2 million counterpart, the seven municipal local government units to provide P7M and farmer-beneficiaries (FBs) P7.4 million. FBs counterpart will go to the provision of farm inputs being subsidized by government such as hybrid seeds and open pollinated varieties (OPV).

According to the OAS report, the province incurred a total of P151 million worth of damages. Corn production incurred the highest in damages valued at P85 million; rice - P58M; and high valued commercial crops (HVCC) at P7M.

Areas affected were 5,756 hectares for corn and 3,936 has. on rice. Production loss on corn was 27,187 metric tons, 21,937 mt on rice, and 912 on HVCC, the report show.

The rehabilitation plan on rice requires the provision of 110 open-source pump sets; fuel subsidy; certified seeds; 2 sets of wind mill irrigation pump; and procurement of service vehicle. Corn rehab also needs the provision of hybrid seeds and OPV, Bio-N, post-harvest facilities and machineries; and on HVCC irrigation facilities to include planting materials and the provision of pesticides.

Provincial coordinators on crops covered by the plan assured of DA-CAR's commitment saying it will come as pledge. However, they lamented the PLGU and MLGU counterpart might be delayed or possibly could not be met because of the election period. (PIA) [top]

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