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Cebu Capitol Buys P5.6M Worth of Planting Materials

Cebu Capitol Buys P5.6M Worth of Planting Materials

The Cebu Provincial Government through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) has procured P5.6 million worth of aid for farmers affected by drought.

Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Roldan Saragena said that the budget came from the quick response fund of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO). The purchase includes 24,500 packs of vegetable seeds, comprising okra, string beans, ampalaya, eggplant, squash, tomato, pechay, and upo.

It also includes at least 350 bags of corn seeds, 30,000 pieces of banana suckers (super cardaba), 16,000 bundles of cassava seed pieces and camote cuttings, and 50 kilograms of seaweed cuttings.

Saragena stated that they have also purchased 170 bottles of insecticides to combat pests that usually emerge during the rainy season.

He hoped that the materials will be available in the first cropping season which is forecasted to be in the later part of June, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

However, the Department of Agriculture 7 has targeted to start distributing corn seeds to local government units (LGUs) within this month.

Some 10,000 grafted mango seedlings are also available for farmers. Saragena said that interested LGUs only need to submit a letter of intent to avail the mango seedlings.

Read Also: PAGASA To Do Cloud Seeding In Cebu

In the initial damage assessment report validated by OPA, the agricultural sector has already incurred damages amounting to P158,801,048.01.

The long drought has severely affected corn, causing damage costs estimated at P44,949,570.11, making it one of the biggest-hit commodities.

Damage to High Value Crops (HVC) has already reached P103,735,420, including bananas, mangoes, assorted vegetables, and root crops. It also encompasses legumes, papaya, watermelon, cacao, as well as cut flowers and ornamental pots.

Victor Geralde, the Provincial Coordinator for the HVC Development Program, mentioned that they still need to validate the damage assessment reports for mangoes and bananas.

City and municipal agriculture offices reported that the El Niño phenomenon severely affected crops, particularly mangoes and bananas, which have a higher value compared to other crops.

However, Geralde added that mango plants typically thrive during the hot season, as this is their flowering time.

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