Norway donates rice seedlings to Filipino farmers

rice seedling-irri flickr opt 1Brende distributed sacks of rice seedlings in districts of Can-abay, Tingib and San Antonio. (Image source: IRRI/Flickr)Norway has recently donated rice seedlings to 1,914 typhoon-affected farmers at three Samar districts in the Philippines

Borge Brende, Norwegian foreign minister, said, “This is the seed of hope, the seed of recovery, and seed of restoration.”

Brende distributed sacks of rice seedlings to farmers in districts of Can-abay, Tingib and San Antonio along with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“Farmers can now start to plant rice again as a sign and beginning of their recovery,” he added.

After distribution, the foreign minister also announced that Norway was giving another US$8mn to the Philippines in support to its total help of US$43mn.

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