DA distributes free tractor services, seeds for Marawi farmers
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the Department of Agriculture (DA) came in full force in Marawi City to start the agricultural rehabilitation of the city and the whole province of Lanao del Sur following months of bloody war between government forces and a group of extremists which started in May last year.
A total of 46 farm tractors, 15 of which will be assigned in Marawi City, were brought in by the DA as part of its commitment to President Rodrigo Duterte to help in the rehabilitation of the city and the whole province of Lanao del Sur.
Under the program designed by the DA, tractor services will be offered for free to farmers in the area, including free seeds and fertilizer for their farms.
The program, which will be directly supervised by DA Region X and the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) group, aims to help farmers recover following months of inactivity and lack of productivity because of the war.
“During the field launching, I operated a farm tractor and plowed the fields and later planted corn seeds to mark the launching of the program,” Piñol said.
He also said that private companies like Pilmico, which manufactures animal feeds, have also committed to support the program by ensuring a market for the corn production of Marawi and Lanao del Sur farmers.
Additional farm equipment and machinery, including corn and rice harvesters, were also committed to be delivered before the start of the harvest season expected to be early November.