Talakag farmers optimistic as govt eases rules on Covid-19

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By GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent
May 23, 2020

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TALAKAG, Bukidnon -- A group of farmers in the province of Bukidnon has expressed optimism that the agricultural sector in this town would soon be able to recover their losses as the government relaxes its rules on Coronavirus Disease 2019 Covid-19.
    Ryan Daño, president of the Miarayon Highland Farmers Association of Talakag in Bukidnon, admitted that many farmers and cooperatives in Talakag town have suffered losses when the government imposed the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in March this year.
    While they are issued foodlane pass from the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 10, Daño said they are having a hard time importing their farm produce due to unavailability of sea transport.
    Daño and his members in the cooperative transport high value crops such as potatoes, carrots, and cabbage to the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Zamboanga, Surigao, Dipolog, and other areas in Mindanao.
    He said the community quarantine caused by Covid-19 also affected the volume of demands of veggies in the local market.
    Meanwhile, Charlyn Boctot, a retired teacher and farmer, also expressed optimism that the local economy will gradually recover as the government relaxes its rules on Covid-19.
    “Tourism in Talakag is dead,” said Boctot apparently referring to the shutdown of major non-essential establishments.
    Prior to the implementation of community quarantine, she said that the town of Talakag has been the favorite hangouts of people from highly-urbanized cities such as Cagayan de Oro City.
    She said the town of Talakag has much to offer not just agricultural tourism. Aside from greenery scenes, she said the town is home to various handicrafts made by some native inhabitants.


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