DA delivers farm machineries to farmers group
The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office I headed by OIC-Regional Technical Director Erlinda Manipon and in coordination with the First Legislative District of Ilocos Sur led by Congressman Deogracias Victor Savellano, delivered various farm machineries and equipment right at the doorstep of the farmer-association beneficiaries.
Started on October 21, 2017 in the municipalities of Cabugao, Sinait, San Juan and Magsingal all in the first district of Ilocos Sur, the five-day series of deliveries made were attended by the farmer-associations’ officers and members as well as the barangay officials in the area.
In the turn-over ceremonies in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Mr. Modesto Ronque, Chairman of the Aragan, Cabugao Farmers Association, Inc. expressed in behalf of his association members their profound gratitude to the Department of Agriculture and the Office of the First Legislative District in the province of Ilocos Sur for realizing their dreams to have their own modern farming equipment.
“Nagkatotoo na po ang aming panaginip na mabigyan kami ng mga ganitong makinarya at tunay nga pong napakalaking tulong nito sa amin upang mapataas ang aming kita at mapaunlad ang aming kabuhayan na mga magsasaka,” Mr. Ronque said.
OIC-RTD Erlinda Manipon in her message underscored the importance of taking good care the farm machineries and equipment that the DA has been giving to the farmers in as much as these were given to them for their own good. She said that although these were given for free, she encouraged the farmer-association members and officers to utilize the equipment and machineries properly and must benefit all members of the association.
“Sana hindi ito maging dahilan ng hindi pagkakaunawaan ng grupo, kundi magdudulot ang mga makinaryang ito ng kaginhawaan hindi lamang para sa inyong pamilya kundi sa buong pamayanan,” Ms. Manipon said.
Among the farm machineries distributed include ten units of four wheel drive tractors, 12 units of hand tractors, 14 units of pump and engine sets and one unit combine harvester. A total of P12.65M worth of farm machineries were handed over to the 26 farmers association/group beneficiaries in support to their pre-and post production activities. These farm machineries all came from the allocations of the Rice Banner Program while the corn, high value crops and livestock farm machineries allocations will be distributed in the succeeding turn-over ceremonies for the first district of Ilocos Sur alone.