Local farmers of Benguet have joined in the cause to provide assistance to evacuees who were affected by Taal Volcano’s ashfall.
According to Catherine Odanos, a Benguet farmer, the first batch of vegetables from Kabayan has already been taken to the evacuees.
Together with the local police, Benguet farmers loaded tons of vegetables to be delivered to Batangas in a post on Facebook by the La Trinidad Municipal Police Station. (see post here)
Here’s a short acknowledgment for the generosity of farmers of Benguet that comes with the Facebook post.
“Salamat sa mga magsasaka dito sa Benguet . Ang inyong mga donasyong Gulay ay makaka-abot sa Batangas. Ang mga busilak niyong puso para tumulong sa mga biktima ng Ash Fall ni bulkang Taal. Alam namin na mahirap magtanim ng gulay at tamaan pa ng mababang presyo,pero di kayo nagdalawang isip magbigay. Wait for the second wave.”
On the other hand, the farmers are planning to gather more harvest from other farmers in Benguet and deliver another batch of relief assistance on January 24, 2020. Aside from vegetables, farmer Amy Guinaran also said that they are collecting donations like bottled water, medicines, clothes and canned goods.
Truly, challenges like major losses due to oversupply or low price of vegetables and the bad effect of frostbites will not stop people with pure hearts to help those in need.