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Gensan extends aid to farmers, fisherfolk

GENERAL SANTOS CITY,  Jan 19 (PIA)  --   Some  61  farmers   in  General  Santos City   recently  received  assistance  from the  city  government   to  help them   recover  losses   from adverse  weather  conditions in April  2014.

City Mayor  Ronnel Rivera  along with  officials of the City  Agriculture  Office  led  the distribution of  seedlings  to   53  farmers in  Tinagacan  village  and  8  farmers from  Batomelong on Thursday, January  15.

Farmer-beneficiaries, identified  by the City Agriculture Office,   suffered  major  losses in  April after their  crops  were ravaged   by     strong  winds, locally  referred to  as "ipo-ipo."  

Merlinda Donasco, head of City Agriculturist Office, said the  seedlings  are  intended to  help the farmers   restart  their  livelihood  with free seedlings  and   fertilizers.

Seedlings distributed to the beneficiaries included  630 mangoes, 500 coconut, and 3,012 bananas.  They also shared  among them  100 sacks  of  organic fertilizer and another 100 sacks of complete fertilizer.

Donasco said, their office  spent  P299,000   for the  assistance.

"The mayor asked us to help these affected farmers. For us, enabling them to start again is the best assistance we could give. It is more than money," she said.

Moreover,   some  30  fisherfolk  from Barangay Bawing and 55  from Barangay  West  were also    given  shallow water fish shelters (locally known as "payao") with the help of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

The  project costs  P200, 000.

According to Mayor Rivera, the project will ensure rapid restoration of depleted fisheries resources and at the same time will provide sustainable livelihood for small fishermen. (IJMLagare-Gensan  CPIO/DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

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