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Farmers’ organizations to receive P20-M worth of equipment

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) will be giving P20 million worth of equipment to farm organizations.

This is based on the P10 billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) under Republic Act (RA) 11203 or the rice tariffication law. Philmech will receive P5 billion out of the P10 billion fund.

According to Philmech Director Baldwin Jallorina, out of the P5 billion, P20 million will be used to purchase farming equipment.

“Magbibigay tayo ng preparation equipment, dalawang traktora apat na hand traktor tapos isang riding type trans-planter tapos combine harvester may mga dryers (We will provide preparation equipment, two tractors, four hand tractor, a riding type trans-planter and combine harvester. There are also dryers to be distributed),” he said during 41st anniversary of Postharvest Development and Mechanization of Philmech.

Farmers like Petronio Lasete Jr. said they will greatly benefit from the said equipment.

“Iyon pong mga bagong teknolohiya na makina na magagamit namin at maituturo sa kapwa ko magsasaka palagay ko po mas mainam at makakatipid nga sa gastusin ng magsasaka, (We can use the modern technology and even train other farmers. I think it is better and cheaper for farmers),” he said.

Philmech said they are only awaiting the budget from the government this year in order to begin the program.

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Agri damage almost P8-B due to El Niño—NDRRMC

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported almost P8 billion worth of agricultural damage due to El Niño.

The NDRRMC’s report, released on Friday (May 3), estimated that agricultural damages went up to P7.962 billion. The affected areas include Regions CAR, I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, Vl, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII and BARMM.

READ: More areas under state of calamity due to effects of El Niño

There are currently 43 local government that declared a state of calamity due to the severe drought.

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El Niño damage to PH agriculture P4.35B

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2019

Hectares of dried-up rice fields affected by 2019 El Niño

MANILA, Philippines – In just over a week, the impact of El Niño on the country’s agriculture has already reached P4.35 billion, according to the Department of Agriculture Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operation Center (DA-DRRM-OPCEN) on Monday (April 1).

The amount translates to an estimated volume of 233,007 metric tons of produce and 149,494 hectares of damaged agricultural areas.

The phenomenon has affected 138,859 farmers and fisherfolks, according to authorities, although field validation is still on-going in the affected regions.

To address the problem, the DA’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) has allocated a total of P95.875M financial assistance under the Survival and Recovery Assistance Program to help about 3,835 affected farmers.

The DA said the processing of documents for areas declared under State of Calamity due to El Niño such as Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Cotabato, Maguindanao, Negros Occidental are now ongoing.

As of this writing, the agency said three cloud seeding sorties have been accomplished out of the 75 planned sorties to be done until May 2019.

Pre-cloud seeding operations are being conducted with the Philippine Air Force in Regions XI and XII.

The total amount allocated for the conduct of the cloud seeding, according to the agency, is P4.185 million. – Marje Pelayo

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El Niño damage to agriculture hits P2.6B

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The weak El Niño is hitting the country’s agriculture really hard a week after the weather agency PAGASA declared the onset of dry season.

READ: PH climate now shifting to its new norm – PAGASA

According to the latest update released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday (March 27), Region 12 suffered the most damage with an estimated cost of P808 million followed by Region 5 with P793.9 million.

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Region 8, MIMAROPA, Region 6 and the CALABARZON also suffered great loss due to El Niño.

The total amount of El Niño damage to agriculture has now hit P2.675 billion according to the NDRRMC, though the figures are still for verification of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Meanwhile, 18 areas across the country are currently under a state of calamity, according to the NDRRMC.

These are San Jose, Occidental Mindoro and Rizal in MIMAROPA; Zamboanga city in Region 9; the areas of Alamada, M’lang, Pikit, Aleosan, Magpet, Tulunan, Arakan, Cotabato Province and Matalam in Region 12; the municipality of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Pagalungan and Upi, Maguindanao in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The DA has already released P18.3 million budget for the conduct of cloud seeding operations in affected areas.

Concerned authorities are closely coordinating with PAGASA for advisories as the weather forecasts a full blown El Niño in the coming months. – Marje Pelayo

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