Farmers’ associations in Pampanga receive shallow tube wells
The provincial government of Pampanga, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), has equipped the farmers with necessary farm equipment that could help mitigate the effect of dry spell in their farmlands.
Through the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA), farmers associations in the province received 37 shallow tube wells that could help address the irrigation problem in the province.
Provincial agriculturist Edilberto Salenga said the farm equipment will be used for 20 corn and 17 rice programs in the province’s Districts 1, 2 and 3, including corn farmers from Barangay Pansinao in Candaba town.
Acting Governor Dennis Pineda asked farmer-beneficiaries to use the equipment well for better yield and to sustain rice sufficiency in the province.
In 2016, Pampanga achieved self-sufficiency, producing a total of 421,647 metric tons of rice enough to feed 2,198,000 Kapampangans.
Salenga noted that Pampanga has 116,494.70 hectares of land divided for planting of rice (61,987 hectares), corn (16,987), sugar cane (6,500), lowland vegetables (3,500) and the remaining for orchards such as mango, calamansi, chico, coconut and dragon fruit. (PNA)