MASBATE CITY. Some 26 Farmers Association received over Ps 3.5 worth of farm machinery from the Department of Agriculture on Sept. 24 at the Masbate Center for Livestock Development , this city. According to OIC Regional Executive Director Rodel Tornilla, the mass distribution of farm machinery is one way to thank the farmers for continuously feeding the Filipino people despite emerging issues on the agriculture sector. “Kami na mismo ang magdadala ng mga equipment para hindi na kayo mahirapan pa” he said. He emphasized the new focus of the DA secretary , “Ani at Kita”. Sa paggamit ng bagong teknolohiya at pagmamakinarya , bababa ang labor cost, tataas ang ani at lalaki ang kita he added.” Aside from the machinery, the DA will also provide Ps.5 million worth of seeds” he said.

Edmundo Royo of Batongan, Masbate can’t contain his delight upon receiving one unit water pump for the Individual Category . He passed all the requirements needed after validation by the DA Engineering Division. “Hindi ko akalain na mabibigyan ako ng gantong biyaya galing sa DA” he said. He is looking forward to a bountiful harvest next cropping season.

The farm machinery include: 4WD mini tractor, hand tractor with trailer, palay tresher, rice reaper, water pump (PISOS) and other post-harvest equipment.

Meanwhile, Engr. Rodel Orteza, Provincial Agriculturist who represented Governor Kho conveyed a message of support and gratitude. He assured full support on the DA’s endeavours to help uplift the condition of the farmers. He urged the beneficiaries to maintain the equipment with proper care and share it to fellow farmers.

Other officials present were: Lorenzo Alvina, Rice & Corn Program Focal Person,.Nellie Passion, ROS Superintendent and Wilfredo Nelmida, APCO for Masbate. (B. Nunez)