Gov. Espino leads mass distribution of Php 19.6-M farm and fishery inputs

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Lingayen, Pangasinan — Governor Amado I. Espino, III has again spearheaded a mass distribution of farm inputs, along with the awarding of project interventions, under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP),
to farmers and fisherfolks from the second district of the province.

For the farm inputs, the provincial government shelled out a total of Php15.4 million — of which Php 4 million was allocated for the feeds while Php11.3 million was allocated for the fertilizers.

The project intervention under the PRDP with a total cost of Php4.2 million was funded by the World Bank (60% — Php 2.5 million): Department of Agriculture (20% —Php 846 thousand); and the provincial government of Pangasinan (20% — Php846 thousand).

Governor Espino told the beneficiary farmers and fisherfolks that the provincial government provides farm inputs for them to recover from their losses when the province last year was hit by typhoon Ompong last year, coupled by monsoon rains that wrought damages of various agricultural and fishery products.

Assisting Governor Espino during the distribution and awarding ceremony were held at the Prof. Amado G. Espino, Sr. gymnasium on February 27 were Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr.; OIC Provincial Agriculturist Nestor Batalla; Wilhelmina Castaneda, representative from Department of Agriculture – Region 1; Labrador Mayor Dominador Arenas, and Bugallon Mayor Jumel Anthony Espino.

A farmer himself, the governor told the farmers and fisherfolks to be resilient when mishaps happen in their agricultural or fishery venture, further urging them to take good care of their health conditions.

“Your gain in your agricultural or fishery venture is the gain of your family,” he added.

In awarding fishery paraphernalia and equipment under the PRDP, which will be used by a recipient organization from Labrador for the the implementation of their fishery venture, Governor Espino asked them to avail of the PRDP by preparing the documents, and complying with the processes.

A total of 2,814 bags of feeds were distributed to 19 organized groups with 1,994 fish farmers, while 40 organized groups of farmers received 2,000 bags of fertilizers.

The Bolo Magsaysay Dulig San Gonzalo (BOMADUS) Agrarian Reform Community – Multi Purpose Cooperative based in Labrador was the recipient of the PRDP, which include: 1 unit of Isuzu delivery truck, 2 units of engine pump 12hp, 2 units axial flow pump with stainless pipe, 2 units weighing scale 120 kgs. capacity, 1 unit oxygen tank with content (small), 1 unit oxygen tank with content (big), and assorted fishery paraphernalia and supplies. /Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca

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