DA supports recovery of farm production in Region 8

Created on Sunday, 17 August 2014 Published Date

The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 8 (DA RFO 8) through the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) is continuously spearheading livelihood recovery and rehabilitation program for the typhoon-stricken areas here in Region 8. In course of the implementation of the Rehabilitation program, DA is providing planting materials for fruit trees, vegetables seeds and other farm implements to cluster areas which are identified as priorities for the said program.

DA RFO 8 has already started giving off inputs since November last year as quick response for victims of the typhoon to address food security and source of livelihood for the affected farmers. Some agricultural extension workers, who are likewise involved in monitoring the progress of the rehabilitation activities, claim that the beneficiaries have already started planting the seeds provided by DA RFO 8.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coffee Alliance whose objective is to strengthen the coffee industry and promote its sustainable expansion in the market-based environment partnered with the DA RFO 8 in support to the coffee producers in the region. As a result, coffee production training will be conducted, coffee planting materials will be given and expansion of the coffee industry will be established because the group is aiming to develop sustainable coffee activities in Region 8.

According to Mr. Larry Sultan, Regional HVDP Coordinator, “DA is not only focusing on the coffee industry but also on cacao, jackfruit and root crops particularly ube because of their high demand. These crops were damaged by the typhoon and we are hoping that after the rehabilitation stage, expansion of production will come next in order to reach the level of enterprise industry.” (KEITH B. ALBAO, Intern, ROMEO G. DELMO, Chief, RAFID)

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