More Norcot farmers get farm animals from governor PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 December 2013 13:06

Twenty six rice and corn farmers in Mlang, North Cotabato on Tuesday received from the provincial government a healthy water buffalo each as Christmas gift complementing a program meant to improve the productivity of local peasant communities.

The farm animals were dispersed during a simple rite at the town proper of Mlang, one of the major agricultural hubs of North Cotabato.

Veterinarian Rufino Suropia, office-in-charge of the provincial veterinary office, said the water buffaloes can be utilized both for plowing rice and cornfields, and for breeding.

Suropia told reporters the large animal dispersal program of the office of North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Talino-Mendoza is part of her administration’s “serbisyong totoo” program, which aims to empower farmers in the province through agricultural and other socio-economic interventions.

The office of Mendoza had earlier distributed hundreds of water buffaloes and hybrid goats to farmers in the first district of the province, whose enclaves were badly affected by recent floods and armed conflicts.

The recipients are obliged to disperse to other farmers the offspring of the farm animals provided by the provincial government, according to Suropia.