By Minerva BC Newman
The Department of Agricuture (DA) in Western Visayas has poured in P47,527,387 worth of foreign assisted agricultural projects to the upland farmers in the 15 barangays of Panay Island.
DA project focal person Manuel Olanday said 10 of those barangays are included in the second phase of implementation. Phase I focused more on training and orientation.
Phase II aimed at increasing the agricultural productivity and income of the upland farmers, Olanday added.
According to him the project funds came from the partnership of the Panay Upland Sustainable Rural Development Project of the Department of Agriculture and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) that started in 2015.
Olanday said KOICA has allotted P40.5 million while DA provided P6.9 million that was given to the farmers’ associations in those barangays which has a membership of over 1,213 farmers 530 of which are members of the Indigenous Communities in the Island, Olanday added.
“The project provided upland farmers through their associations, farm tools and equipment, livestock, post-harvest facilities and other income-generating activities as needed by the community,” Olanday said.
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