Ilocos Norte farmers to receive 18.1 M worth of seeds and interest free loans from DA


Aug. 27, 2019 ...

Relief assistance to benefit STS "Ineng" victims

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) headed by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc received Php 18.1 million worth of inbred and hybrid rice seeds as relief to farmers who were affected by the recent onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm "Ineng," yesterday.

Gov. Marcos-Manotoc expressed his appreciation to the Department of Agriculture (DA) for being one of the first national agencies to offer assistance after the severe flooding in the province, reiterating that the Provincial Government could not "surmount" the calamity without the agency's much needed relief packages.

According to the latest record, the province's agriculture sector suffered Php 177,552,657.54 worth of damages. 69% of Ilocos Norte's agricultural infrastructures had been damaged, followed by its rice produce with 17%, livestock with 6%, and the remaining 8% for other agricultural products.

Interest free loans from DA

After the declaration of "State of Calamity" in the province, DA Sec. William Dar also announced that Ilocano farmers will be granted Php 25,000 worth of loan assistance per hectare of land with zero interest payable in three years under the department's SURE (Survival and Recovery) Program.

Meanwhile, farmers tilling below the required land area will still be assisted accordingly.

During the press briefing at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Session Hall yesterday, Sec. Dar reechoed the discussion between the DA and the National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Judy Carol Dansal, saying, "During this time of calamities, much more now for Ilocos Norte, we have agreed that NFA will buy all the wet and dry palay to ensure that our farmers are properly assisted."

As response to the continuous support received by the province, Gov. Marcos-Manotoc expressed his gratitude to "all...who have played a role in our recovery. Despite the flood, we have come together and showed our solidarity as Solid North."