DA distributes P25.4M worth of farm equipment in region 9 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 November 2015 14:22

By GRACEMONTALLANA

DIPOLOG CITY — The Department of Agriculture recently turned-overP25.4 million worth of farm equipment to farmers  in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala distributed the equipment during the Farmers’ Forum held at Dipolog City Sports Complex in Barangay Olingan on Nov.12.

These consist of 5 units shallow tube well, 4 units corn mill,8 units  corn compact mill , 1 unit hammer mill, 4 units hermetic cocoon , 10 units corn sheller , 6 units four wheel drive tractor , 6 units cassava grater , 4 units trans-planter , 7 units thresher, 24 units collapsible dryer, 3 units four wheel drive tractor (45hp) and 4 units  hand tractor.

Governor Roberto Uy thanked President Benigno Aquino III for providing the said equipment which would increase agricultural productivity of farmers in the area.

Mayor Evelyn T. Uy likewise expressed her appreciation to the support extended by the department on her self-food sufficiency campaign in the city.

During the said assembly, farmers aired their grievances to the agriculture secretary who directed DA 9 Regional Director Constancio Alama to take appropriate action.

According to Alcala, he has gone to so many provinces in the country and is aware of the situation of Filipino farmers. He said he has referred their concerns to the president who directed for the allocation of funds for projects to be implemented in the provinces.

In a press conference, Alcala assured consumers  that there will be no price increase on agricultural products during Christmas season. He also guaranteed sufficient supply of agricultural products in the market as he reiterated his warning to unscrupulous traders on the sanction that the government may impose upon them.

Among those who attended the Farmers’ Forum and Turn-Over Ceremony were DA  regional staff headed by RD Alama and ARD Dennis Palabrica, Philippine Coconut Authority(PCA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA), local chief executives and other concerned individuals.(ALT/GOM/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)