Aid pours to drought-stricken farmers, fisherfolk PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 May 2016 11:55

By CLAUDINE UNIANA

The city government continues to extend its assistance to farmers and fisher folks severely affected by the ongoing drought experienced in the city, the harshest El Niño occurrence to have hit Zamboanga.

According to City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, the calamity assistance to be distributed includes 300 40-kg bags of rice seeds, 300 20-kg bags of corn seeds, 174 kilos and 192 cans of assorted vegetable seeds, 2,000 50-kg bags of organic fertilizer, 2,000 25-kg bags of vermin cast and 11,428.20 bundles of cassava stalks as well as two million bangus fry and four million prawn fry.

Distribution of the said calamity aid is underway in various agricultural districts around the city.

Aside from crops and fishery items, cash for work programs are likewise implemented to further help drought stricken farmers and fisher folks.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-funded cash for work program was launched last month, benefiting 3,000 farmers who were deployed in two batches. Participating farmers were paid P210 per day for 10 days of work that include desiltation, dredging and cleaning of riverbanks, irrigation canals and dams.

Another cash for work program, this time to be funded by the Department of Labor and Employment, is set to start next week. Eight hundred twenty (820) farmers will be paid P280 daily for 10 days.

In addition, a total of 3,000 25-kg bags of rice from DSWD will be distributed to affected farmers.

Drilling rig operations, according to the city official shall continue in preparation for the next El Niño incidence. — Claudine Uniana