Piñol meets with farmers in Western Visayas to turnover assistance
Agriculture Secretay Emmanuel Piñol has met with farmers in Western Visayas to turnover assistance consisting of farm machineries and equipment worth P34 million.
“It was proven once again that basic programs of government which assures farmers of access to technology, financing and marketing are enough to make them shed tears of joy and let out bursts of laughter,” Piñol said.
“In the compound of the West Visayas Agricultural Research Center (WESVIARC) in Jaro, Iloilo, farmers from as far as Negros Occidental, Capiz, Aklan and Antique and the nearby island-province of Guimaras gathered to receive farm machineries and equipment worth P34 million from the regional office of the Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas,” he further said.
Farmer Samuel Cordero, as cited by Piñol, said the activity was the first time his group received assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA).
“In the past, equipment and machineries were raffled off during visits of top agriculture officials in the provinces. Now, the distribution of equipment and machineries is based on the requests of farmers’ groups which are validated by teams from the Agriculture Department,” Piñol said.
The mechanisation program of the Agriculture Department aims to improve the productivity of farmers and reduce post harvest losses estimated to be about 16 percent of the production of rice and corn.
“The farmers know this which is why their dream is to own a small tractor or a power tiller, a harvester or a thresher and a small rice or corn mill,” Piñol said.
“Although funds are limited, the Agriculture Department is pursuing this program knowing that this is what makes farmers happy,” he added.