DA, SRA pledge to support livelihood of sugarcane farm workers in Bacolod
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) pledged to support the sugarcane farm workers in Bacolod by organizing them into a service providers’ group who will own and manage a fleet of farm machineries and equipment — including tractors, trucks and harvesters which they would use in the farms of their former “masters.”
“I told them that as equipment and machineries owners, they will be able to elevate themselves from mere workers to agri-entrepreneurs,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.
“The DA will provide them livelihood projects like raising native pigs and vegetable growing. It was agreed that in a month’s time, the Agriculture Department will deliver 60 heads of native pigs to serve as a multiplier farm which will produce piglets which in turn will be dispersed to other farm workers families,” he added.
According to Piñol, the implementation of these projects will be fast tracked so that in next year’s sugarcane off-season, they will have sources of income.
“Vegetable farming and mushroom culture will also be taught to the wives and daughters of the farm workers,” he further said.