DA distributes Php18.23M worth of farm machinery projects

A total of P18.23 million worth of farm machineries and equipment was distributed by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office I to various farmers associations and cooperative members from the second district of La Union in a mass awarding ceremonies held at the Agoo Covered Court, Agoo La Union on September 28, 2017.

Sixty (60) units of various farm machineries and equipment were turned-over to 60 farmers associations led by the ‘Best RFO Director of the Philippines’, Dir. Lucrecio R. Alviar, Jr., and Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations, Dir. Orlando Lorenzana. Of the 60 units distributed, 11 units are 4 wheel drive tractors, 2 units combined harvester, 16 units hand tractors, 1 unit rice thresher, 1 unit hammer mill and 29 units pump and engine sets.

In his message during the turn-over ceremony, Director Alviar underscored the importance of taking good care of the machineries and equipment distributed by the government, although these are given as grant to the recipients. He called on the recipients’ commitment to provide shed and storage facility for these equipment to last.

Prior to the distribution of the machineries to the recipients, Director Alviar also took the opportunity to hear other concerns, needs and issues from the farmer associations through a brief dialogue with them. He gave assurance that DA will make an effort to address these concerns based on available funds and capability of the Department to provide solutions to the concerns shared by the associations.

From the dialogue, DA through Director Alviar, committed a total of P12.09 million worth of projects in the form of irrigation support, farm machineries and post harvest facilities like tractors, flatbed dryers, reaper and mini threshers. All these projects requested were approved by Director Alviar in principle but subject for validation to the requesting parties by the concerned department’s Banner Programs and the Engineering Division.

The turn-over ceremonies was also graced by La Union’s 2nd District Representative Sandra Eriguel and former 2nd District Representative Eufranio Eriguel.###

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