DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) continues to support the city’s farmers when it distributed subsidized seeds to them on November 20.

Some 40 bags of certified palay seeds and 19 bags of hybrid seeds that were distributed with the help of the City Agriculture Office will benefit 74 farmers from different barangays in the city.

The DA – Regional Field Unit I also conducted the Rice Crop Manager project in Barangay Salisay the following day to further assist the city’s farmers in increasing their crop harvest.

Under the RCM project, farmers consulted focal persons from the DA about their concerns in crop production.

After undergoing assessment, farmers were able to know the timing and the exact amount of fertilizers to be applied in their respective farms based on the DA’s recommendation.

The project is being conducted regularly by the DA in order to boost their crop harvests.

This was in addition to the continued assistance being given by both the DA and the city government to help the farmers recover from the massive damages they incurred during the calamities that hit their farms this year.

Last August, the DA already gave 155 sacks of hybrid palay seeds that earlier benefited 147 farmers for rehabilitation of their crops damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon ‘Inday’.

Another 24 farmers affected by Typhoon ‘Ompong’ also received certified palay seeds from the DA last October.

The City Agriculture Office recorded P4 million losses from the onslaught of typhoons and southwest monsoon, that was sustained by some 155 hectares of affected crop lands.

Meynardo Cerezo, a farmer from the Matalunggaring Mangin Irrigated Association, Inc., said the recommendations made under the project enabled them to acquire more knowledge on how to better manage their crops as well as prepare them from future calamities.

“Malaking bagay ito na nakakatulong sa amin. Karamihan sa mga magsasaka, halos walang naani dahil sa nagdaang mga bagyo. Dito ngayon sa second cropping kami makakabawi. Malaking bagay ito dahil alam namin na hindi kami pinababayaan,” said Cerezo.

He also said the subsidized seeds given by the DA is considered a very timely intervention as the city’s farmers are now preparing to plant rice for the second cropping. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)