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Camacho urges USDA to assign Farm Service Agency personnel to Saipan

THE U.S. Department of Agriculture should assign Farm Service Agency (FSA) personnel to Saipan so they can attend to the needs of local farmers, farmers group advocate Ramon B. Camacho said.

He is also asking U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan to help local farmers relay their request to USDA.

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Camacho said it is important to have an FSA office on Saipan so that concerns raised by farmers can be properly addressed.

He said he has met with Guam-based USDA county executive director Thomas A. Camacho for the FSA program.

He said the USDA should continue reaching out to local farmers and explain to them the benefits of federal programs.

Last year, through the assistance of Sablan, the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for Tropical Regions was included in the 2014 Farm Bill or the Agricultural Act of 2014 signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 7, 2014.

Camacho said local farmers in the CNMI can now avail themselves of the program which waives insurance fees and helps farmers recover losses in case of a calamity.

After Tropical Storm Bavi, he said, farmers needed to report on damage to their farms, but this was not possible without proper documentation since there’s no FSA officer on Saipan.