DA secretary turning over P462.7M in bridges, assistance

Agriculture Secretary William Dar is set to turn over PhP 462.47million in bridges, farm machineries, cash, and food assistance, and other projects in Negros Occidental tomorrow, December 8, the Department of Agriculture announced today, December 7.

Dar will distribute cash and food assistance and farm machineries, and sign a memorandum of agreement for a P5 million cattle feedlot fattening project in Binalbagan town at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City in the morning.

The cash and food assistance is under the DA Program to assist farmers and fishers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic under the Bayanihan Act II. Corn, coconut, and sugarcane farmers and fisherfolk will each receive P3,000 in cash, P1,000 in rice, and P1,000 in chickens and eggs.

There are 35,543 cash and food assistance recipients in Negros Occidental for a total of P177.7 million, the DA said.

Farm machineries estimated to cost P206.8 million will also be distributed to farmers cooperatives and associations and local government units.

A P1 million financial grant to the Multi-Sectoral Alliance for Development Cooperative, and P4.5 million for the Caridad Hog Raisers Association will also be released.

Dar will then proceed to Cadiz City in the afternoon for the turnover of two Philippine Rural Development Project bridges in Cadiz City worth P60.3 million.

They are the Dalapayan Bridge in Barangay Caduhaan worth P23.4 million and P36.9 million Sicaba Bridge.

He will also sign a memorandum of agreement with the Central Philippine State University in Kabankalan City for a P2.5 million nursery for cacao, sweet potatoes and bamboo under the Bayanihan II program. The signing rites will be held in Victorias City.

On Wednesday, December 9, he will award start-up tools for village repairs at rites set at May’s Garden in Bacolod Cty.*

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