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Farmers get free mung beans seeds

TARLAC CITY (PIA) – Some 315 farmers from 32 barangays recently received mung bean (monggo) seeds from Department of Agriculture (DA) and Office of the City Agriculturist (OCA).

OCA Head Susan Concepcion disclosed that each farmer received 10 kilos of mung beans.

“This is part of the High Value Commercial Development (HVCD) Program which particularly focuses on the vegetable and fruit production and aims to enhance the state of the land and provide an increase in the income of farmers,” Concepcion explained.

Under the HVCD program, DA seeks to develop an initial target of 225 hectares of land in the city.

For her part, Mayor Cristy Angeles vowed that the city government would support and aid the needs of farmers.

For this year, a total of 3,000 kilos of mung bean seeds were already turned-over.

Meantime, about 60 farmers recently attended an Orientation on the Free Crop Insurance which was conducted by OCA in partnership with Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).

The orientation is part of the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBSA) Free Insurance program of the PCIC which has an initial target of 4,000 enrollees.

“RSBSA is an insurance program for all subsistence farmers that serve as a valuable tool for the integrated government archive in the agriculture and fisheries sector,” PCIC Officer-in-Charge Olivia Velasquez said.

“Free crop insurance is for the agricultural producers, including farmers, ranchers, and others to protect themselves against either the loss of their crops due to natural disasters, such as hail, drought, and floods, or the loss of revenue due to declines in the prices of agricultural commodities,” Velasquez stressed.