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Regional directors, representatives of the government agencies, and some private stakeholders together with Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and other officials witness the inauguration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga’s new Science and Technology Center, as well as the groundbreaking of its Metrology Laboratory at the Caraga State University (CSU) Campus, Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta. (PIA-Caraga)

PIA Press Release
Monday, January 16, 2012

Feature: DA provides farm inputs to Agusan del Sur

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 16 (PIA) -- The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) recently received farm inputs from the Department of Agriculture (DA) as promised by Sec. Proceso Alcala during his visit here, after the January and February 2011 floods that claimed millions of pesos damaged both lives and properties.

According to a report presented by Yasmin Reyes of PAO, they received some 21,300 kilos of Zinc Sulfate fertilizer amounting to some P1,034,410, and another 5,000 liters of organic liquid fertilizer amounting to P625,000.

PAO also received some 3,740 bags of certified rice seeds from DA as part of Alcala’s commitment amounting to P4,488,000.

“For certified rice seeds, we budgeted one bag per hectare and as per our inventory, most affected areas all over the province of Agusan del Sur totalled to 3,740 hectares, where we also delivered the same figure of bags to farmer recipients,” Reyes said.

She added that for the fertilizer there were two batches. The first batch of 10,000 kilos of fertilizer was delivered to the 13 municipalities and the lone city of Bayugan. For the second batch, 11,300 kilos were distributed to the same municipalities.

On January 3, 2011, the whole Caraga Region was hit by floods, and one of the most affected was this province, leaving nine persons dead, with 32,598 families or 160,439 persons affected.

But another similar calamity came along after 26 days, hitting old and new victims. Although lesser families (20,926 or 110,489 persons) compared to the January 3 floods were affected, another millions of peso damages to agriculture and infrastructures were recorded, reaching up to more than P95 million.

This prompted Alcala to visit and evaluate the damages brought by floods, bringing along with him some P8 million worth of farm materials which he turned over to Gov. Plaza upon his arrival and pledged farm inputs that the PAO received recently, in order that farmers can recover immediately. (PIA-Caraga)

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