More farmers receive free farm equipment

STA. BARBARA — Farmers associations in 35 towns received farm mechanization equipment from the Department of Agriculture and the provincial government to boost their farm production.

Gov. Amado Espino III and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr. led the distribution of 177 shallow tube wells and four tractors to the farmers groups on Wednesday at the Provincial Agriculture Training Center, this town.

Espino urged the farmer-beneficiaries to care for the equipment in order to maximize benefits from them.

“Anuman ang matanggap niyong tulong mula sa gobyerno ay alagaan niniyo. Alagaan din ang inyong sarili  dahil pag malusog ang katawan, maganda ang kita, masaya ang pamilya at barangay. Masaya din ang buong probinsiya,” Espino told the farmers groups.

Calimlim, on the other hand, lauded the farmers groups whom he described as “caretakers of the farm lands.”

“Deserving kayo na makatanggap ng mga biyayang ganito upang lalo ninyong mapangalagaan ang inyong sektor at mga lupang sakahan sa ating probinsiya,” Calimlim said.

The farm tractors, she said, cost one million pesos each, funded by the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) of DA. The provincial government shouldered the 20 percent counterpart amounting to P200,000 for each of the four tractors.

Bernie Dispo of the Makabagong Magsasaka Irrigators Association, one of the association-beneficiaries, thanked the government for the farm facilities and gave assurance that the  donated equipment will be handled responsibly. (PIA-1, Pangasinan/VHS)