Typhoon-hit farmers in Cagayan get free vegetable, corn, rice seeds

TUGUEGARAO CITY — The Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 2 and the provincial government of Cagayan distributed on Tuesday some PHP32 million worth of free certified rice, corn and vegetables seeds to the farmers affected by recent super typhoon “Lawin.”

Governor Manuel Mamba said the distribution of free seeds is a form of assistance to farmers whose agricultural crops were destroyed by the super typhoon.

Majority of the Cagayanos are engaged in farming.

The rice, corn and vegetable seeds distribution is a contingency effort of the province to help the farmers to at least recover their losses brought by typhoon Lawin last month, Mamba said.

There were a total of 67,000 hectares of rice, corn and vegetable farms that were affected by Lawin based on the monitoring and assessment of damage report, prompting to put the province under the state of calamity.

The typhoon-hit farmers are from the municipalities of Aparri, Alcala, Baggao, Buguey, Camalaniugan, Gattaran, Gonzaga, Lallo, Sta. Ana, Sta. Teresita in the first district; Abulug, Allacapan, Ballesteros, Calayan, Claveria, Lasam, Pamplona, Piat,, Rizal, Sanchez Mira, Sta. Prexedes, Sto. Nino in second district; and Amulung, Enrile, Iguig, Penablanca, Solana, Tuao and Tuguegarao City in third district. PNA-northboundasia.com