• Mindanao farmers get DA support

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    THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has awarded over P1.3-billion worth of machineries, livestock, and seeds to local government units and farmers’ organizations in Northern Mindanao, it was announced Thursday.

    Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Undersecretary Emerson Palad facilitated the turnover to beneficiaries under the Agri-Pinoy rice, corn, livestock, and high value crop development programs (HVCDP), the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), and other special projects of the department.

    The turnover ceremony was part of the 22nd Farmers’ Field Days and Techno-Forum, held at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC), on October 27-29, 2015.

    Among the machineries and equipment turned-over were: six mini four-wheel drive tractors, two combined harvesters, and 16 turtle type power tillers for rice beneficiaries; seven hand tractors for HVCDP beneficiaries; and nine farm tractors, four cassava diggers, five cassava graters and two grain dryers for corn beneficiaries.

    Three multi-purpose drying pavements were also awarded to the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) project.

    Total cost of the facilities was pegged at P34.9 million.

    Farm-to-market road (FMR) projects were also turned over to Camiguin farmers, amounting to P40M.

    Also turned over were: PRDP sub-projects worth P1.2B; initiatives under the Bottoms-up Budgeting (BUB) project worth P12.9M; indemnity checks from the Philippine Crops Insurance Corporation (PCIC) worth P1.7M; five carabaos, five cattles; three packets of goats; 100 bags of rice seeds; and 100 bags of open-pollinated variety corn seeds worth over P6,000.

    There was also a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of two farm-to-market roads worth P1.3 million for the municipalities of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, and Calamba, Misamis Occidental.

    Over 2,300 farmers, students, government officials, and employees joined this year’s annual three-day farmers’ festival that showcased 80 agri-livestock technologies with focus on organic farming.

    This year’s festival focused on the theme “More than Two Decades of Technology Development, Transfer and Adoption: Bridging a Progressive Northern Mindanao towards Asean Competitiveness.”

    It aimed to enrich farmers’ knowledge and abilities on agricultural technologies to increase production, income, and competitiveness in the Asean market.

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