|Alcala assures assistance to earthquake, typhoon-stricken farmers|
|Written by DA-AFIS|
|Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:32|
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now on the move to help Filipino who are affected by the earthquake and typhoons which recently struck the country.
During the 2nd General Assembly of the League of Provinces in the Philippines (LPP) on January 24, 2014 in Heritage Hotel, Pasay City, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala assured provincial governors of support from the DA to help farmers rise on their feet again.
“Seeds and other planting materials are now ready for distribution as soon as farmers are ready to plant again,” assured Alcala. He added that the DA will also help extensively in reviving the coconut industry in the provinces ravaged by the recent natural calamities.
The department has already distributed 400 units of power saw to be used in cutting fallen coconut trees. Alcala added that those who will help clear coconut plantations will be given wage of P600. In addition, they may use the wood as material for constructing their homes.
The DA, through the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) will provide fertilizers for coconut farmers so they can recover faster.
Alcala also suggested “intercropping coconut trees while waiting for them to bear fruit.”
He said that corn, coffee, and cacao are ideal intercrops for coconut trees.
“Farmers can also engage in apiculture or beekeeping,” he said.
Aside from additional incomes from honey, beekeeping can also improve the yield of coconut trees, which can contribute 25-30% increase in profits.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:34|