DA interventions help Silang ornamental plant growers, farmers
SILANG, Cavite Jul 20 (PIA) — The Department of Agriculture IV-A (CALABARZON) continue to help farmers affected by the Taal Volcano eruption in early January of this year in the region including the Silang ornamental plant growers.
Under its Taal Recovery and Rehabilitation Program, the DA distributed black nets and UV plastic to 401 members of the Federation of Silang Ornamental Growers July 14, 2020.
Silang Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) head Adela V. Poblete led the distribution of interventions as part of the ongoing utilization of the Quick Response Fund of the DA to help revive the livelihood of the farmer beneficiaries.
“This is a great help for the booming ornamental industry in the municipality of Silang,” Ms. Poblete said.
Mr. Anselmo Noveno, an ornamental plant grower in the town was so grateful for the interventions by the DA.
“Noon pa man ay tumutulong na ang DA sa mga ornamental plant growers, lalo na noong naapektuhan kami ng pagputok ng bulkan. Nagagalak po kami na yang mga natanggap naming plastic, seedlings, at organic fertilizers ay nadagdagan pa. Malaking tulong po ito sa aming pamilya lalo na nga na nasa quarantine period pa rin po tayo,” he shared.
(The DA has always been helping us ornamental plant growers, especially when we were affected by the volcanic eruption. We are pleased that the plastic, seedlings, and organic fertilizers we received have increased. This is a big help to our family especially now that we are still in the quarantine period.)
A similar activity was held June 3, 2020 thru the initiative of Representative Dahlia Loyola. Farmers received 4,200 bags of agricultural lime, 800nbags of plant growth enhancer, 25,000 pieces of Liberica-Coffee, 6,000 pieces of Banana Tissue Culture, Assorted Cut Flower and vegetable seeds, 1,200 seeding trays, black net, and UV plastics.
Rep. Loyola highlighted the importance of local food production stating, ‘that people need to be self-sufficient as the current pandemic caused disruption to the supply chain.”
On the other hand, the DA’s distribution of free vegetable seeds in support of its Plant, Plant, Plant Program that promotes urban gardening had helped not only farmers in the town but also private citizens like housewives, displaced employees from the community quarantine and other residents.
Lilibeth Pudadera, a housewife who received free vegetable seedlings said, “Thank you so much DA Calabarzon for the vegetable seeds you are continuously distributing. Kahit papaano ay nakakawala ng stress ang mag urban gardening lalo na ngayong pandemya at may aasahan pa kaming makakain, makalipas pa ang ilang araw. We will support Plant,Plant,Plant program all the way. May God bless us all.”
(Urban gardening somehow relieves our stress especially now that there’s a pandemic and we will have something to eat after a few days.)
Aside from mentioned interventions, farmers can also avail of crop loans under the SURE-AID credit loan by the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (CIC), free cocoa seedlings with training for cocoa farming, and other planting materials. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite with reports from the official FB page of the Municipal Agriculture Office – Silang)