DA-6 to start P154-M rehabilitation plan to restore damaged agriculture, fisheries

agriculture and fisheries damageThe rehabilitation works for damaged agriculture, fisheries and livestock in Western Visayas will start next week as the Department of Agriculture 6 (DA-6) has set aside P 154- million rehabilitation fund to help restore the devastation brought by typhoon “Yolanda” two weeks ago.

DA-6 record shows that production losses reached to P 3. 16-billion in agriculture, fisheries and livestock from six provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental.

DA-6 director Larry Nacionales said the rehabilitation works will start next week that will focus more in two provinces of Iloilo and Capiz.

As part of the rehabilitation plan, Nacionales said the fund will use to purchase bancas, fishing paraphernalia, farm tools and various seeds such as high variety rice, vegetables and other root crops.

Nacionales also said all these items will be given to farmers and fishermen for free through their cooperatives so that they could cope up immediately with their losses.

Based on the department’s latest data, the fisheries got the highest damages with P 1.3- billion followed by sugarcane with an estimated losses amounting to P1.21- billion and rice with P 258- million damages.

So far, the director said there is no problem on rice production since only 17, 000 metric tons or equivalent to two percent was damaged in the remaining two months before year ends.

Other damages include P130-million for high value crops; P108-million for livestock and poultry; P93-million for coconut and intercrop; and P8.83-million for corn.

Nacionales added some of their facilities were damaged, too. Among these are National Food Authority (NFA) buildings and warehouses amounting to P9.41 million and DA-6’s regional outreach stations amounting to P2.73 million.IMT