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PIA Press Release
2009/12/05

Kalinga farmers get free fertilizers

Tabuk, Kalinga (5 December) -- On top of the full seeds subsidy earlier given by the Department of Agriculture (DA) as calamity aid to farmers here, additional free fertilizer is being distributed in time for the major cropping season that started last month.

Farmers who do not have any chance of recovery from the damages of the typhoons are given free two bags of urea and three bags complete fertilizer (Triple 14) costing P5,050. The free one bag certified rice seeds costs P1,200.

DA launched its calamity rehabilitation program of providing assistance to farmers in areas stricken by the typhoons, at the same time giving partial assistance to farmers whose crops were partially damaged.

Provincial Agriculture Officer Gerry Jose said DA Cordillera regional office procured 4,000 bags of urea and 6,000 bags of complete fertilizer under the program for farmers in the province.

Jose said there were 2,000 hectares of rice land in the rice producing towns of Tabuk, Pinukpuk and Rizal reported to have been totally damaged in the last typhoons. These are the target areas in the distribution.

According to Jose, the distribution of the full subsidy to farmers is based on per hectare of rice land damaged with a maximum five hectares to serve greater number of beneficiaries.

While total subsidy is concentrated in the three municipalities of Tabuk, Pinukpuk and Rizal, partial subsidy covers the entire province, Jose explained.

Kalinga reported an estimated crop damage of P68M from typhoon Pepeng, but with the coming in of the assistance for the major cropping, Jose is optimistic that farmers can recover from heavy losses. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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