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The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1 thru the 4 banner programs of the Field Operations Division – Rice, Corn, HVCDP and Organic Agriculture gave 120 different farm machineries and equipment to Farmer Associations in the Province of La Union on August 9-10, 2018.

The two-day distribution activity was held at the Ilocos Integrated Agricultural Research Center (ILIARC) in Sapilang, Bacnotan, La Union where FAs from the 1st district received their farm machineries on the 1st day and FAs from the 2nd district of the province received their farm machineries on the second day.

“Agibunong iti DA iti libre nga makinarya ngem iti panagawat iti daytoy ket adda lak-am na nga responsibilidad. “ ( DA distributes these farm machineries for free but having them comes with responsibility.) said Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations – Dir. Orlando J. Lorenzana as he stressed that the farm mechanization project’s ultimate goal is to increase the productivity of farmers.

Mr. Adamor Dagang, Information and Tourism Officer who represented La Union Governor Emmanuel “Pacoy” Ortega on the first day and Ms. Myrna Picazo, Asst. Provincial Agriculturist of La Union on the second day, both expressed the visions of the governor for the province of La Union that is focused on the agri sector.

According to them, the governor wants that La Union will be the heart of Agri-Tourism of the region by 2022. The province will continue to pursue developmental efforts to increase the income of farmers through interventions from the DA Regional Office, in partnership with the Provincial and Municipal Agriculture Offices. Part of which is also to sustain efficient farming system considering that La Union was a National Awardee in the recent Rice Achievers Award for having 102% sufficiency in rice.

Meanwhile, Dr. Annie Bares, Chief of the Field Operations Division in her closing remarks during the program reminded the farmer association members to safeguard the agricultural machinery provided to them and avoid causing conflicts among members because of the improper use/management of these machineries.

There were 50 farmer associations from 14 municipalities in La Union who benefited from the 28.7M worth of Farm Machineries and Equipment distributed by DA.##

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