The Provincial Government of Cebu is set to distribute P10-million worth of assorted vegetable seeds and plastic drums to local government units affected by the mild El Niño.
Acting Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Roldan Saragena said P5 million of the total budget forms part of the Capitol’s rehabilitation program for those affected by the mild El Niño.
The other P5 million is intended to compensate the damage caused by Typhoon Seniang to the farm commodities last year.
Saragena said the province is still placed under the state of calamity even in the advent of the rainy season.
This is because the state weather bureau forecasted the dry spell to persist until early next year, said Saragena.
The procurement of the seeds will be hastened so that the farmers can use the same especially the corn seeds for the next cropping season, which normally starts this August or September.
For El Niño rehab plan, all 51 LGUs will get the share of the seeds and plastic drums. OPA procured 39,000 seed packs of okra, stringbeans, ampalaya, tomato, kangkong, sikwa, upo, eggplant, squash, pechay, hot pepper, bell pepper, cucumber, and smash potato.
Also included were 20,800 seeds/pieces of mango, cacao, and banana suckers. – CebuHeadlines.com