Tubod, Lanao del Norte — Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala handed over about P195 million (M) worth of agricultural assistance to more than 4,000 farmers and fisherfolks in attendance on February 15, 2016 during the conduct of a Farmers and Fisherfolks’ Forum, held in the Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex, of this town.
This gesture is in response to the Department of Agriculture (DA)’s goal of delivering more support to the key players of the agriculture sector, especially in the rural countryside. LDN is one among the many provinces visited by the DA chief as a way of handing over the legacy of the current administration to the next.
On his third visit to the province, Sec. Alcala eyed to solicit feedback at the grassroots level for a seamless implementation of the forthcoming programs, projects and services under the department.
“Kailangan po natin baguhin ang sistema, katulad sa ibang pinupuntahan naming lugar. Hindi po ako aalis kung hindi ko maririnig ang gustong sabihin ng ating mga kababayan.
We need your feedback…gusto po ng ating Pangulong Noynoy Aquino na sulitin namin yung magagandang programa na dala ng kanyang administrasyon at kung hindi naman epektibo, huwag nang hayaan na ipagpatuloy,” the DA chief said.
Since Sec. Alcala has taken helm of the department, Dir. Ramos reported the strides of the province, which includes registering self-sufficiency level at 139% for rice and receiving a downpour of assistance for agri-development.
“Nahatag nga ayuda, wala’y labot pa ani ang bureaus ubos sa DA, mikabat sa 1.5 billion sa LDN sukad sa paglingkod sa administrasyon ni PNoy ug kaabag nato si Sec. Alcala,” she detailed.
Dir. Ramos also thanked the Provincial Government Unit of LDN headed by Hon. Governor Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo, the local chief executives and other officials for the implementation of various agri-related projects.
Included in the roster of agri-assistance turned-over are PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) projects (P16.4M) and 1 unit four-wheel drive tractor (P1.82M); awarded are 40 units of mudboat (P3.7M) and 6 units mechanical sheller (P832T); distributed are 1,000 bags of certified rice seeds (P1.36M) and corn seeds (P1.3M), 2,000 packs of assorted vegetable seeds (P500T), 1,200 fruit trees seedlings (P60T) and committed are 2 units four-wheel drive (P2.7M), 10 units power tiller-mudboat type (P1.3M), 13 units power tiller-riding type (P1.5M), 20 units power tiller-turtle type (P2.4M), 4 units mechanical rice thresher (P520T), 1 unit combine harvester (P1.7M), 4 units mobile corn mill (P1.6M), 5 units cassava chipper (P1M), 1 unit cassava grater(P150T), 4 units silage chopper (P1.2M), 4 units corn planter (P1.2M), 1 unit mechanical sheller (P200T), 1 unit corn mill facility (P2M), 2 units cassava digger (P150T), multiplier farm with 1 packet breeder goats (P125T), 2 units LN2 tank (P180T),P11.5M worth of PAMANA projects, P40M worth of BUB projects and P76M worth of Farm-to-Market Road projects funded under the DA-Office of the Secretary.
Ten heads of piglet (P25T), 1 packet of sheep (P15T), 4 head carabao (P72T), 3 head cattle (P84T) and 10 head goat were also given to different farmer and fisherfolk-beneficiaries.
Poured support, as well, contained fisheries projects from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) valued at P21.6M, ranging from units of marine engine (5.5 horsepower), sets of bottom gill nets and seaweed farm implements for the displaced sanggab operators in the Panguil Bay area and Community Fish Landing Center and BUB projects. # (JLOlson, DA-RFO 10)
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