Focused on its goal to achieve higher income and farm productivity level of farmers in the region through modern farm machines and equipment, the High Value Crops Development Program of the Department of Agriculture-RFO I recently conducted its turn-over and distribution activity for six (6) units multi-purpose cultivator with complete accessories to six Vegetable Growers Association beneficiaries in the Province of Pangasinan.
Amounting to P182,155.00 per unit, this multi-purpose cultivator is the DA’s answer to the farm machinery needs of vegetable growers especially in their land preparation activities to achieve better yield and at the same time reduce their cost of production.
The multi-function cultivator is a small farm tractor that is easy to operate, economical and requires low maintenance. It is a multi-function in the sense that it could be used to plow, to harrow and level the beds during land preparation.
For the recipients to learn the proper operation and maintenance of the project, Technical staff from the Harbest Company, the distributor of said equipment demonstrated its proper operation and handling especially on changing the blades.
Ms. Nenita Valerio, President of the Curareng Farmers Association – one of the recipients of the multi-purpose cultivator expressed her gratitude to the Department of Agriculture because of the big help of the machinery to her 43 members who are planting lowland vegetables in Brgy. Curareng, Alcala, Pangasinan.
Prior to the turn-over of the equipment, the recipient farmers association as represented by Ms. Valerio entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Agriculture to remind the group of their duties and responsibilities as a recipient of the project.
As a recipient of the project, Ms. Valerio and her members must be responsible and accountable in the maintenance and security of the equipment, utilize it in accordance with the intended use and not in any way sell or mortgage the machine. As stipulated in the MOA, the recipient must allow fair access and use by all the farmer-members and should submit every end of harvest season the utilization, operation, activity and income generated report related to the project to the Department of Agriculture through the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist.
Aside from the multi-purpose cultivator, DA also turned-over a total of 30 pieces crates for every six farmer association-recipients amounting to Php12,000.00 per group.
The distribution of the multi-purpose cultivator and the crates in Pangasinan is the first among series of distribution to the provinces of La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte by the High Value Crops Development Program.