The Department of Agriculture Bicol through the High Value Crops Development Program distributed 4,700 kilos of peanuts to vegetable farmers on February 11, 2020 at the DA covered court. Said distribution is part of the rehabilitation assistance of the DA for farmers affected by Typhoon Tisoy that hammered the region in December last year.

According to a study, peanut which is popularly known as a ground nut is actually a vegetable belonging to the legume family that includes peas and beans. Peanut and peanut products are inexpensive source of protein. Peanut growing is also economical and affordable.

Dr. Mary Grace Rodriguez, Chief Operations Division & HVCDP Regional Coordinator pointed out that vegetable farmers must be vigilant in growing their crops because aside from natural calamities, the presence of pests and insects are everywhere. She added that the popular Fall Army Worm (FAW) that attacked several corn plantations in other regions has a large host range that can also affect other crops.

Recipients of peanut under the Typhoon Tisoy Rehabilitation and Recovery Program were from Polangui, Daraga  Albay; Bula, San Jose, Baao, Nabua Camarines Sur; San Miguel, Virac Catanduanes; Castilla, Sorsogon City. A total of 47 hectares   of peanut plantation will receive interventions from DA of 100 kilos of peanut per hectare.  Aside from peanuts, the DA has already distributed garden tools and vegetable seeds earlier this year. (B. Nunez)