Like manna from heaven, about P2.2 million worth of tools and machineries were distributed by the Provincial Agriculture Office during the celebration of the 2nd Farmers’ Day last Friday at the Capitol grounds.
Witnessed by top officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 7, 400 hand jabbers, 32 animal drawn corn seeders, ten corn sheller machines, three biodegradable shedders and 15 water pumps with a plastic drum and a roll of pipe to go with for each unit were handed over to farmer organizations in the province.
Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Hansel Didulo, DA assistant secretary for the Visayas, led the turnover ceremony along with provincial agriculturist Roldan Saragena and DA 7 Executive Director Angel Enriquez.
Speaking before hundreds of farmers, Davide thanked them for their invaluable role in providing food on the table.
“Mga heroes gyud kamo. Kung wala mo, wala sad kami kay kamo man ang nag pakaon kanamo,” Davide said.
The governor assured that the provincial government would support all farmers’ programs and would continue to find ways to empower them.
As proof of Capitol’s commitment, Davide cited the financial assistance of P1 million to each town for the expansion of the Farmer’s Scientist Training Program (FSTP).
Aside from that, the province also provided insurance coverage to farmers and fishermen for their crops, livestock and boats as well as burial insurance in case of death.
During the event, a modified memorandum of agreement for farmers’ insurance was signed between the Province and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation.
“Bulahan ang mga Sugbuanon tungod kay nakabaton kita og kugihan na mga mag-uuma sama kaninyo,” Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said in her message read by her staff.
For his part, Saragena said the machineries distributed by Capitol are testament of the Province’s pure service and love to the farmers.
“Mas sayon kung mag-uma ka nga ginamit ang bag-o nga kahimanan. Ako gyud gipakita sa akong mga kauban didto sa bukid kung unsaon ni pag-gamit,” said Nestor Indona of Alegria town, a recipient of 10 hand jabbers.
Machineries from DA 7
Heeding to the order of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol to distribute immediately the farm equipment stored in its warehouses nationwide, the DA 7 turned over to the province a 90-horsepower tractor complete with implements—a trailer, disc plow and disc harrow.
According to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), Capitol would buy a similar four-wheel drive tractor pegged at P1.8 million to compliment the one given by DA 7.
Farmers’ federations in Camotes Island received equipment from DA 7 as well. These include one hand tractor, one mechanical thresher and three power sprayers. It also distributed six drum seeders for rice.
Recognizing their contribution to food security of the nation, the Province gave awards to four outstanding farmers.
They are Miguel Langomez of Ronda, high-value crop awardee; Gemiel Hermita of Danao City, outstanding young farmer; Adriel Dave Alvarez of San Francisco Camotes, best corn farmer; and Rovesper Sumoria of Carcar City as the best rice farmer. (Kelvin Cañizares)