LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Agriculture-Bicol (DA-5) through the Rice and High-Value Crops Development Program distributed PHP5 million worth of various agricultural inputs and supplies under the Quick Response Fund (QRF) to the province of Albay.

In an interview on Thursday, Lovella Guarin, DA-5 information officer, said the interventions of DA-5 aim to help Albay farmers continue to rehabilitate their agricultural production areas after the three consecutive typhoons hit the region in 2020.

Guarin said the assistance distributed early this month PHP4 million worth consisted of a set of agricultural equipment-petrol driven brush cutter, portable sprayer with 30-meter hose and nozzle and mist blower.

She said it is the 4th tranche of intervention given by the DA-5 to Albay after it was one of the hard-hit provinces in Bicol.

More than PHP120,000 worth of assorted vegetable seeds and budded calamansi seedlings were also given to the farmers.

Guarin said five groups under the Farm and Fisheries Clustering and Consolidation–the Albay Pili and Cacao Industry Association, Tumpa Farmers Association, Amtic Integrated Farmers Association, Polangui Federation of High-Value Crops Inc., and Camote Creations Farmers and Entrepreneurs Multi-Purpose Cooperative – also received the same set of equipment.

Meanwhile, the DA also distributed PHP900,000 worth of various agricultural inputs and supplies to 18 local government units in Albay. (PNA)