STA. BARBARA - Farmers associations from 35 towns of Pangasinan received farm mechanization equipment from the Department of Agriculture and the provincial government here to help boost their farm produce.
Gov. Amado Espino III and Vice -Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr. led the distribution and turnover of 177 shallow tube wells and four tractors to the farmers' groups on Wednesday at the Provincial Agriculture Training Center, this town.
Espino urged the farmer-beneficiaries to give utmost care to the equipment given to them as these would aid them in their work and livelihood.
“Anuman ang matanggap niyong tulong mula sa gobyerno ay alagaan niniyo. Alagaan din ang inyong sarili dahil pag malusog ang katawan, maganda ang kita, masaya ang pamilya at barangay. Masaya din ang buong probinsiya,” Espino told the farmers groups.
Calimlim, on the other hand, lauded the farmers' groups whom he branded as “caretakers of the farm lands.”
“Deserving kayo na makatanggap ng mga biyayang ganito upang lalo ninyong mapangalagaan ang inyong sektor at mga lupang sakahan sa ating probinsiya,” Calimlim said.
Dalisay Moya, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said Pangasinan is agriculture-based and its primary product is palay thus the need to boost this sector.
“The farm implements that were given to farmers ay kailangan para mapabilis and trabaho sa bukid, maparami ang ani at mabawasan ang gastos ng ating mga magsasaka,” Moya said.
The farm tractors, she said, cost one million pesos each, funded by the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) of DA. The provincial government shouldered the 20 percent counterpart amounting to P200,000 for each of the four tractors.
Bernie Dispo of the Makabagong Magsasaka Irrigators Association, one of the association-beneficiaries, thanked the government for the farm facilities saying these would surely be of great help to them to improve their harvest and production. (VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)