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The Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol personally turned over farm machineries, seeds, plus indemnity checks to the Salug Valley farmers affected by typhoon Vinta in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur held recently.

The municipalities affected are Dumingag, Mahayag, Molave, Tambulig and Ramon Magsaysay, also known as Salug Valley. Fifty-one farm machineries, 3,399 bags of rice seeds, 70 bags OPV white corn seeds, 154 cans of high value vegetable seeds, 35 bags of peanut (20 kilos per bag) are given to affected associations in the mentioned municipalities. The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) distributed 51 indemnity checks to the farmers with a total of P338,894.00.

In his visit to the province, Secretary Piñol met with DA and its attacjhed agencies, the LGU, and farmer-association leaders. He said “it pains me seeing the rice fields turned brown brought about by the typhoon. The DA is always here to help you. Together we will recover.”

During the turnover program, Secretary Piñol also responded to questions and requests from farmers; including financial assistance. He then committed a P35-M loan facility under the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) Program of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) to the interested farmers of the Salug Valley.

On January 15, ACPC team will revisit Salug Valley farmers for orientation and training to those interested farmers on how to avail the program and know of other needed requirements for its dispensation.

Prior to the turnover, the Secretary and his team conducted an aerial assessment to the municipalities where farms were devastated.

Among those who present in the event are Undersecretary for Fisheries Commodore Eduardo Gongona, PCG (Ret.), DA Region 10 Regional Director Carlene Collado, Molave Mayor Ireneo Q. Glepa, Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Joel Sabellano, Jr., Mahayag Mayor Lorna Espina, Ramon Magsaysay Mayor Leonilo D. Borinaga, Sr., and Tambulig Mayor Protacio Aleman. (MDaguro/DA9)