BASEY, Samar- The director general of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) visited this town on March 10 to assess the progress of the projects implemented for the recovery efforts of the Yolanda affected agricultural areas and the farmers and fishermen who were victims and were displaced by the calamity.
UN-FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva who was with the Department Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala distributed rice seeds, fertilizers and farming tools to the farmers.
During the press conference, Silva expressed his satisfaction with the recovery efforts and celebrated the success of the UN-FAO’s Yolanda response program and committed FAO’s supports on the recovery of the fishing and farming livelihoods in the longer term.
Silva said that FAO responded to the appeal of the national government for support to affected rice farmers.
He informed reporters that the recovery program efforts of his agency continues and at present UN-FAO is distributing 4,000 tons of fertilizers to more than 80, 000 families along with 13,000 farming tools on the Yolanda affected agricultural areas “which ensures planted rice seeds can reach full production potential and optimum yield, which in turn, ensures food security and full recovery of the farmers.”(RESTITUTO A. CAYUBIT)