Antique expects more rice buffer stock for El Niño

SAN JOSE, Antique – The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) is expecting an additional 1,672 bags of palay seeds as its buffer stock from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 6.

Senior Agriculturist Ramona dela Vega of OPA said the province has a total allocation of 3,800 bags of palay seeds that would be distributed among farmers who would be affected by the onset of the long dry spell now affecting some farmlands in this capital town.

“The 3,800 bags allocated for the province is still supposedly in the 2018 DA allocation,” dela Vega said.

She added that the initial 1,900 bags of seeds were only delivered by the supplier last Jan. 28.

“The initial allocation delivered is in the warehouse in Padang in Patnongon town,” dela Vega said.

The buffer stock will be distributed to farmers who would request through their respective municipal agriculturists.

A bag of seeds will be given to each farmer per hectare of farmland that he or she tills.

According to the OPA official, they expect the DA supplier to complete the delivery soon so that farmers can immediately avail themselves of the palay seeds.

Meanwhile, dela Vega said they were still waiting for the municipal agriculture officers to submit reports on the number of hectares of rice lands that are being affected by the El Niño. (With PNA/PN)


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