July 21, 2024

The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera distributed 350 bags of rice seeds to farmers in six villages in Bangued, Abra that were affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Egay.

Aida Pagtan, Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Service chief, said at least 109 farmers from Barangay Cosili East received their rice seeds.

Additional 250 bags of rice seeds were distributed to farmers in barangays Macray, Dangdangla, Lubong, Cosili West, and Angad.

The farmer-beneficiaries in the six villages were among those initially identified when their farms were damaged by massive flooding from July 25 to 27.

Pagtan said the rice assistance program was immediately distributed to help farmers cope with the losses and allow them to plant while it is still cropping season.

At least 120 hectares of rice farmlands in Bangued were damaged by Typhoon Egay while estimated damage to agriculture in the region has reached P474,341,869.  – PNA