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Crop disaster claims being accepted

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The Department of Agriculture is calling on farmers who may have experienced damage or a loss of crops due to Tropical Storm Halong back in late July. Director Tita Taitague says Guam farmers who are registered with the department are advised to complete a crop disaster loss claim for compensation before next Monday's deadline. She says surprisingly, only a few farmers have come in so far.

She said, "Because so far there are 46 farmers who came to pick up applications to file their claims and out of that only 17 are complete so far. I don't understand because the last time we had 93 farmers who came into file their claims and I'm looking at the trend it's a little lower in the past."

Once all the claims are calculated, Taitague says she will ask the Guam Legislature for the total funds to be appropriated in order to compensate the farmers. Farmers must submit expenditure and proof of sale receipts in order to qualify for any compensation. The deadline to submit a crop disaster loss claim is by 5pm on Monday September 15 at the department's Mangilao office.
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