DA Secretary Dar leads cash, food subsidy distribution for farmers, fisherfolk in Ilocos Norte
LAOAG CITY, Jan 20 (PIA) – Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar personally turned over cash and food aid to marginalized farmers and fisherfolk in Ilocos Norte on January 15.
The ceremonial distribution was held at Mariano Marcos State University covered court in Batac City wherein local chief executives, farmer cooperatives, and organizations attended the event.
The agriculture secretary, who is also an Ilokano and hails from Ilocos Sur, was joined by 2nd District Representative Angelo Marcos Barba, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, Laoag City Mayor Albert Chua, MMSU President Shirley Agrupis, and other local officials in the turn-over of assistance to recipients.
At least 25 beneficiaries from Paoay and 50 beneficiaries from Currimao received food subsidy.
DA also turned over mock check amounting to Php5 million for the cattle feedlot fattening project of Laoag City and Dingras municipality.
The host-university also received mock check amounting to Php4 million for their project which is a massive malunggay seedling production.
Meanwhile, a consolidation and trading facility for agricultural products amounting to Php5 million was given to Bacarra Zanjera Irrigators Multi-Purpose Cooperative and DA Enhanced Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita and Food Supply Chain Program amounting to Php1 million was handed over to Bagnos Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
“The main event for today is centered on the giving of cash and food assistance. This time around under Bayanihan 2. Minabuti natin na ilagay ang ayuda para sa ating mga non-rice farmers. 890,000 non-rice farmers will benefit from this Php 4.5 billion na galing sa Bayanihan 2,” Dar said in his message.
He praised the workers in the farmers and fisherfolk sectors for their hard work for ensuring food security while the country is under a pandemic.
Dar also mentioned that Ilocos Norte is one of the top-performing provinces in rice production.
“You have a rice self-sufficiency level at more than 200%,” he added.
As he ended his message, he hopes more farmers will be covered in the assistance programs of the agriculture department to help them uplift their living condition. (JCR/MJTAB, PIA ILOCOS NORTE)