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    FAO helps typhoon-hit farmers in Phl

    FILIPINO farmers whose sources of livelihood were severely damaged by typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) that slammed into Central Philippines in November last year can now breathe a sigh of relief.
    The Philippines News Agency (PNA) on Monday reported that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) will continue to help farmers in typhoon-affected areas.
    FAO director-general Jose Graziano da Silva said the organization joined Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala in the ceremonial turnover of fertilizers and hand tools to farmer-beneficiaries in Basey, one of the two worst-hit municipalities of Samar province.
    “We will not leave. Our goal is not finished. Our mission here is to help those rice paddy harvests but also to keep for the next years support for the farmers,” he said during his message.
    He also said the work of FAO is to support farmers until they have recovered and were able to return to their ways before “Yolanda” hit the country.
    The FAO through fund support from countries such as United Kingdom, Norway, Italy and Switzerland, has now assisted 40,000 families. It looked forward to triple the beneficiaries or even reach up to 200,000, he said.
    Farmers are expected to harvest their crops this March and April.
    What is important, he said, is to ensure that farmers get good prices for their harvests.
    “Prepare for the harvest season, buy locally the produce and guarantee the minimum price for farmers to stimulate them to plant more. This is the government part; to help move in from the second step, otherwise we will lose the five million dollars that was invested,” he said.

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