358 farmers, fisherfolk in Dipaculao receive P5K in cash, food aid
Some 358 marginalized farmers, fisherfolks and indigenous peoples in Dipaculao town have finally received financial and food assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The beneficiaries each received P5,000 worth of cash and food assistance, funded by the first Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, to help the agriculture sector recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.
“Despite having a vast coconut plantation, production in Aurora has declined due to the cutting of coconut trees,” Provincial Agriculturist Arnold Novicio said in a report of the Philippine Information Agency.
Vice Governor Christian Noveras encouraged the beneficiaries to be strong and resilient in spite of the challenges brought about by Typhoon Ulysses and the Covid-19 pandemic, the report said.
According to Novicio, the coconut harvest in the province went down due to continuous cutting of its trees despite Aurora having the largest coconut crop in Central Luzon.
He said he believes the aid received from the DA will help increase coconut harvest.
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