SAN AGUSTIN PILI CAMARINES SUR. In compliance with the commitment and instructions of   President Rodrigo Duterte and  DA Secretary Manuel  Pinol, the Department of Agriculture Bicol once again turned over and distributed  a total of 38.9 million worth  of equipment and postharvest machineries   to qualified Farmers Association/Muliti Purpose Cooperatives on November 27 held at the DA-5 compound this municipality. The distribution of  said  machineries  is part of the agency’s objective to reduce post- harvest cost and  losses.

Rodel Tornilla, Regional Technical Director for Operations  encourage the beneficiaries to have a sense of ownership since the machineries are given without  any counterpart . The members should be responsible for the maintenance of the equipment.  He said that those  who were given are luckier because  next time the  program will be imposing  a loan scheme of 2% annual interest payable within 4 years.

Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Edgar Madrid  calls for “Pagmakulog, Malasakit, Kooperasyon”. Treat the machineries as if it’s your own with accountability and responsibility. Never fail to accommodate other non-member farmers with a certain fee for the benefit of the organization he said.

For the Rice Program P 23.4 million worth of  handtractor with trailer, palay tresher, rice combine harvester, and  mini 4WD tractor (36 HP) were awarded to various Irrigators/Farmers Association of  Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon

 The Corn Program headed by Lorenzo Alvina distributed P13,620,000.00 worth of four wheeled drive tractor, mechanical corn  sheller,  cassava granulator and  cassava chipper   to Farmers Association and  Cooperatives of  Camarines Sur, Masbate and Sorsogon.

For its part, the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) headed by Rosita Imperial  distributed  P1,920,500 worth of  peanut sheller, knapsack sprayer and 4WD tractor to Farmers Associations of Camarines Sur and Albay.

 One of the Recipients of the farm equipment Efren Duca Jr., chairman of San Fernando Farmers Federation for Agricultural and Community Development in San Fernando Camarines Sur said that last month his Association was provided with a combine harvester and this time a 4WD tractor. “Maogmang Pasko ini para samo kan DA” he quipped. (B. Nunez)