PRRD set to distribute farm implements in Basilan today

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is expected to visit Lamitan today for the "Tapatan ng Gobyerno at Mamamayan."

The President will arrive at around 1pm at the Lamitan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (LARBECO) plantation.

During his dialogue with the people of Basilan, he will also distribute farm and fishing paraphernalia to some 400 beneficiaries.

According to the local agriculture office, farm assistance to be released to Lamitan beneficiaries includes the following: 150 packs rice/palay seeds, 100 packs corn seeds, 150 bags complete (14-14-14) fertilizers, and 150 bags urea (46-00) fertilizers. Beneficiaries from Isabela City are expected to receive 100 packs palay seeds and 50 packs corn seeds.

Arnulfo Estrada of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said that two farm tractors will be turned-over to beneficiaries by the President.

About 70 units of banca will be distributed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) here.

Some 70 units of banca from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) that will be distributed to selected beneficiaries in Lamitan City during the visit of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte today.

According to Sandra Kunting of BFAR, the 70 bancas were part of the 1000 banca that DA Secretary Emmanuel F. PiAol have committed to Basilan during his recent visit. She said that seaweed inputs will likewise be distributed to Lamitan fisher folks as part of their regular program.

Meanwhile, LARBECO officials are expected to bring to the President the plantation cooperative's issues and concerns.

In recent years, plantation-based cooperatives in Basilan have been experiencing economic losses due to low market price of rubber, high production cost, and low income. LARBECO is just one of them. While some government agencies have some forms of assistance and interventions to help cooperatives cope with operation, they are not enough to alleviate them from misery.

From Lamitan City, the President will proceed to the Police Regional Office-9 at Camp Abendan, Mercedes, Zamboanga City

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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