Pangasinan provides aid for typhoon-affected farmers and fisherfolks
Lingayen, Pangasinan (27 October) -- Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. yesterday ordered immediate assistance to farmers and fishermen severely affected by floods spawned by typhoon "Pepeng" and aggravated by massive release of waters from the San Roque Dam.
The Governor instructed Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya to disperse fingerlings to communal bodies of water."Meron pong instruction ang ating Governor na yung fingerling production ng ating Libsong Fish Farm at San Quintin Freshwater Hatchery ay idi-disperse for free sa ating communal bodies of water," she said. The two fish farms produce 100,000 fingerlings a month.
For vegetable growers, the provincial agriculturist recommended the distribution of short-gestation seeds to prevent shortfalls on food production."We’ll be recommending provision of vegetable seeds na madaling pakinabangan ng ating mga kababayan," Moya said.
She said that OPAG is closely coordinating with the Department of Agriculture for the provision of seeds to rice farmers to enable them to get back on their feet and plant anew for the second cropping.
OPAG is also tapping the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to fast track aid for fisherfolks."We will be coordinating with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources para kung ano yung maitulong nila sa ating mga fishers ay sana makarating ng maaga sa affected fisherfolks," she said.
She added that negotiations are on-going with various government lending institutions for them to provide farmers and fishermen with easy access to lending programs.
Damage to agriculture runs to P4.18 billion. Rice crops, either nearing reproductive or maturing stage, suffered the most with P2.82 billion losses. A total of 90,615.64 hectares were affected.
Aquaculture or fishery suffered loss of P997 million with an affected area of 7,639.57 hectares.
A total 7,439,400 kilograms valued at P296-million of high-value commercial crops (HVCC) consisting mostly of mango, eggplant, amplaya, tomato, sitao, squash, okra, pechay, patola, upo, peanut, finger pepper, assorted veggies, mungbean and watermelon was lost.
The livestock and poultry sector lost P47-million with the loss of about 11,606 heads of livestock (carabao, cattle, duck, goat, horse & swine) and 38,051 heads of poultry.
Corn losses amounted to P18-million with 1776.73 metric tons lost in 522.10 hectares. (PIO/PIA-Pangasinan) [top]