Agriculture Department allots ₱3-billion assistance to farmers amid coronavirus

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) — Agriculture Secretary William Dar said his department is ready to allot ₱3-billion-worth of assistance to farmers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Dar informed the Inter-Agency Task Force meeting Wednesday night that aside from the ₱3-billion financial assistance for farmers, they have also lined up a loan package for them.

“We have a sure aid loan package from the Agriculture Credit Policy Council amounting to ₱2.8 billion.”

Dar said that this assistance program is on top of what is being given presently to farmers.

“Andiyan po ang Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka na tumutulong para sa ganoon [the Department of Agriculture is here to help] during this crisis regard to COVID. We will continue to work with the farmers cooperatives and associations for continuous food production, and to have enough food supply today and in the future,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the country under a state of calamity, and the entire island of Luzon also under “enhanced community quarantine.”

Source : CNN Philippines

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