Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental – Continuing its commitment to serve the agriculture sector, the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) awarded a total of P266,983,340 million (M) worth of farm assistance to the province of Misamis Occidental (MisOcc) on February 15, 2016 as DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala visited the said province for a Farmers and Fisherfolks’ Forum, held in the city.
Under the Agri-Pinoy Rice, Corn, Livestock and High Value Crops Development (HVCD) programs, the province of MisOcc received various farm assistance, ranging from seeds, equipment, machineries and livestock, amounting to more than P7.4M, P30.7M, P1.8M and P560 thousand, respectively.
Rice beneficiaries of the province received 600 bags of certified rice seeds, three units thresher, three units power tiller and five units mudboat, with one unit 4WD tractor, four units power tiller-mudboat type, nine units power tiller-riding type, 17 units power-tiller turtle type and three units mechanical rice thresher set for 2016 commitment.
On the other hand, corn beneficiaries received 1,400 bags of open-pollinated variety (OPV) corn seeds, one unit corn mill, three units 4WD tractor, one unit village type cob dryer, five units mechanical sheller and also, five units mobile corn mill, two units cassava chipper, one unit cassava grater, two units silage chopper, three units corn planter, one unit mechanical sheller, one unit corn combine harvester, one unit vertical grain dryer and one corn mill facility for 2016 commitment.
Livestock beneficiaries also received 10 piglets, one packet of sheep, one head carabao and three head cattle, plus multiplier farms with five packets of breeder goats and three units LN2 tank for 2016 commitment. Also, 3,100 vials of rabies vaccine were distributed to the Provincial Government through the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO).
Subsequently, HVCDP beneficiaries received 2,000 packs of assorted vegetable seeds and 1,200 fruit trees seedlings.
Furthermore, MisOcc received 103 units marine engine, 132 sets bottom gill net and 110 sets seaweed farm implements, amounting to more than P1.7M from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); P5M worth of slaughterhouse project from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS); and almost P128.7M worth of Farm-to-Market road (FMR) from the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).
Aside from these, DA also committed to award the province with almost P19.9M worth of projects from the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) and a P71M worth of FMR from the DA Office of the Secretary.
In his message, the Secretary remarked that these interventions are aimed to address the present agricultural needs of farmers and fisherfolks with the use of modern equipment and facilities that will help them augment their production and income.
As he ended his speech, he gave more excitement to the attendees as he added two head cattle, two head carabao, 10 goats, two threshers and two hand tractors to the list of awards to be given that day.
Bearing the slogan “Magandang Ani, Magandang Buhay”, the event was attended by nearly 2,000 participants from farmers and fisherfolks associations, from city, municipal and provincial local government units and other stakeholders who convened with the Secretary to express their thanks for DA’s interventions and to further address their agricultural needs and concerns.
This visit is among the series of engagements that the Secretary shall have in the different provinces throughout the country as a way of handing over the legacy of the current administration to the next. # (MCLPaylaga, DA-RAFIS 10)
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