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Ilocos Norte farmers, fishermen receive P15M worth of agri crops, machinery

Ilocos Norte’s Provincial Agriculture Office has turned over P15 million worth of farm machinery, fertilizers, feeds, hybrid seeds and fingerlings to local farmers and fishermen on Thursday, August 11.

Ma. Theresa Bacnat, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Agriculture Office, reported that the latest aid to farmers and fishermen was under the provincial government’s “Agri Ka Dito” program, which invites all eligible farmers and fishers in the 21 towns and two cities of the province to submit their “wish list” to the concerned agriculture department.

“This is now the second batch of distribution and we hope to distribute more in the upcoming weeks,” she said.

The program, which was launched last July, is a flagship program of the Office of the Governor Matthew Manotoc to sustain the activities for the livelihood of community farmers and fisherfolk amid the skyrocketing cost of agriculture inputs.

“To our farmers, we assure you of full-service assistance, from pre-planting to marketing, to produce more through technology and mechanization, and improve our irrigation. And to our fisherfolk at livestock growers, we pledge more support than ever,” the Politiko said, urging local rice farmers to shift to high-value crops such as garlic, mango, dragon fruit, shallots, onions and tobacco.