Dagupan rice farmers to replant with new palay seeds

BALON DAGUPAN NEWS

THE city’s farmers will be able to plant anew with the help of new palay seeds provided by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez led the distribution at the city plaza on August 6 of 155 sacks of hybrid palay to 147 farmers belonging to the Irrigators Association of Barangays Salisay, Mangin and Tebeng; and Farmers Association of Barangays Lucao, Malued, Bonuan Boquig and Bolosan. One sack of seeds is good for one hectare of farmland.

The farmers were greatly affected by the recent flood brought by Typhoon ‘Inday’ and Tropical Depression ‘Josie’ that submerged 155 hectares of rice crops.

Most of the damaged crops were already in the tillering stage while some were just at their seedbed stage.

The distribution of new hybrid seeds hopes not just to rehabilitate the damages from the recent calamity, but also to enable the farmers to replant their rice crops to catch up with the availability of water during the rainy season.

Mayor Fernandez, in her message, encouraged the farmers to replant and start all over again.

“You will overcome this setback because you will be planting again. Don’t give up. The government is doing its best to help you,” said Fernandez.

Meanwhile, City Agriculturist Emma Molina said Dagupan is one of the first cities to receive seed assistance from the DA through the initiative of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol.

Molina also said the city is hoping to receive assistance from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the rehabilitation of the city’s aquaculture to help Dagupan fisherfolk who incurred losses during the last flood. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)

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