Gov't disburses plastics, fertilizers to aid farmers affected by Mayon rumbling

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 02 2018 03:26 PM

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The Department of Agriculture is set to distribute UV plastic sheets to farmers in Albay to help protect their crops from ash spewed by Mayon Volcano, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Friday.

"The UV plastic sheets will be used in setting up low-level sheds to shield growing vegetables from the ashes spewed by Mayon Volcano," Piñol said in a statement.

Agriculture officials have been training 1,000 vegetable farmers in Albay on how to set up the low-level greenhouses, he said.

Each farmer will receive 90 lineal meters of plastic and organic fertilizers, he added.

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"The intervention is expected to increase the vegetable production in the areas around Mayon Volcano and sustain the livelihood of farmers even as the volcano continues to spew ashes," Piñol said.

The agricultural aid for farmers affected by the Mayon eruption came days after President Rodrigo Duterte went to Albay to inspect farming areas and evacuation centers.

Duterte said at least P100 million will be sourced from the quick response fund to extend assistance to affected farmers.

As of January 24, farm damage due to the Mayon's lava and ash flow has amounted to about P160 million.

The government is set to launch a "seedling distribution" program for affected farmers as soon as the volcano stops spewing lava and ash plumes, which began earlier this week, local officials earlier said.