Capitol assures assistance to farmers, fisherfolk

THE provincial government has reassured farmers and fishermen of continued assistance for as long as they continue to plant and fish.

This was reiterated by Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan last Wednesday on November 10.

Moya said the the approved development plan budget for agriculture will enable provincial government to continue implementing the irrigation development projects, input assistance to rice, corn and vegetable farmers and other assistance to fisherfolks.

Recently, farm machinery was provided by the national government through provincial government through the farm mechanization component of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) of the national government.

The farmers associations and cooperatives received 36 four-wheel drive tractors, 78 hand tractors, 21 rice combined harvesters, 4 riding-type transplanters, 2 precision seeders, 10 reapers, 5-minute threshers, 57 shallow tube wells and a rice mill.

Recently, Agriculture Secretary William Dar also awarded 46 tractors to various farmer groups and associations while the provincial government also received 4 rice mills and another 4 recirculating palay dryers, the provincial agriculturist also disclosed.

The Provincial Agriculture Office also assured that the province has sufficient palay harvest amid the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moya noted that the province projects a year-end total harvest of 1,279,766 metric tons of palay in 2020 with a total planted area of 187,000 hectares.  (Jerick Pasiliao /PIO/SMDG)

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