OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental (PIA)–Aiming to raise rice farmers’ profitability and competitiveness through the use of mechanization technologies in the province, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 turned over farm machineries to three farmer associations at Molicay Barangay Hall, here.
The Molicay Farmers Association received one unit of combine harvester, one unit of 4-wheel drive tractor, and one unit of mechanical rice transplanter; Maningcol Farmers Association received one unit of mechanical rice transplanter and one unit of mobile rice mill; and Gango Active Farmers Credit Cooperative received one unit of combine harvester, one unit of 4 wheel drive tractor, and one unit of mechanical rice transplanter.
OIC City Agriculturist Carlos Pijuan said the provision of farm mechanization equipment aims to improve the efficiency of the farmers and their farm productivity.
“I am sure that with these farm equipment at your hands now will be a big boost to your farm production despite the health crisis that we are encountering now, and the government will continue assisting you,” he said.
He also added that these advancements will prosper, and will continue to help the farmers.
For her part, Vice Mayor Simplicia Neri encouraged the associations to nurture such blessings and that it is incumbent upon them to exercise due diligence or care to keep the property in top shape. “Once nurtured, like any individual or personal effects for that matter, it will in all certainty bring positive benefits to your organization in the ensuing years,” she added.
With the assistance, the associations can further improve the production aspect of their projects, the vice mayor said.
Gango FA President Noli Paredes, one of the recipients, said the farmers can now make their farming activities easier and faster in the hope that it significantly increases income and even more productivity for growth.
“Thank you DA and Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal for the help we received. The farm machinery is a big help for our association to be more productive and successful,” Paredes said. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)