DAGUPAN CITY – The city’s farmers will now be able to start anew with the help of new palay seeds donated by the Department of Agriculture (DA), with Mayor Belen T. Fernandez leading the distribution at the city plaza on August 6.

At least 155 sacks of hybrid  palay seeds will benefit 147 farmers belonging to the Irrigators Association of Barangays Salisay, Mangin and Tebeng; and Farmers Association of Barangays Lucao, Malued, Bonuan Boquig and Bolosan, with one sack of seeds good for one hectare of land.

These farmers were greatly affected by the recent flood brought by Typhoon ‘Inday’ and Tropical Depression ‘Josie’ that submerged 155 hectares of rice crops underwater.

Most of the damaged crops were already in the tillering stage while some were just at their seedbed stage.

The distribution of new hybrid seeds hopes not just to rehabilitate the damages of the recent calamity, but also to enable the farmers to replant their rice crops for them to catch up with the availability of water during the rainy season.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, in her message, encouraged the farmers to replant and start all over again.

“You will overcome this setback because you will be planting again. Don’t give up. The government is doing its best to help you,” said Fernandez.

Meanwhile, City Agriculturist Emma Molina disclosed that Dagupan is one of the first cities to receive seed assistance from the DA through the initiative of  Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol.

Molina also said that the city is hoping to receive assistance from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the rehabilitation of the city’s aquaculture which will help Dagupan fisherfolk who incurred damages during the last flood. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)