DA delivers farm tractors in Marawi City
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said farm tractors ranging from 35 horsepower to 100hp were recently delivered in Marawi City to mark the launching of the farm mechanization and agricultural rehabilitation of the city, which was ravaged by months of bloody conflict which claimed hundreds of lives.
A total of 46 farm tractors were particularly brought in from the different regions of the country.
This, as each Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office was instructed to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s rehabilitation program for Marawi and Lanao del Sur.
Under the program, DA will provide free tractor services to every Marawi and Lanao del Sur farmer who will ask for it.
The operators are local boys who were trained by the DA in operating and maintaining the equipment.
This will be supported with rice and corn seeds, including high value vegetables, and the fertilizer requirement.
“Since the program is directly supervised by the DA, I expect it to succeed, much unlike other programs in the past which were just handed down to the local government units and dubious groups which resulted in a failure,” Piñol said.