By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN
ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur––Some 20 small rice farmers in the village of Bayugan 3 are expected to improve their production in the coming harvest season after a mining company repaired the damaged irrigation system that connected their rice fields.
Atty. Raul Villanueva, President of Philsaga Mining Corp. (PMC), saw for himself the hardships of the members of Bayugan 3 Momong Unit Farmers Association (BAMUFA) because the existing irrigation canal, dredges and dikes had already breached causing the water to overflow the road that he sent construction equipment and workers to rehabilitate it.
Because of the damaged agricultural infrastructure, BAMUFA farmers have been deprived of planting their rice in the past harvest season while children no longer attend classes at school since the road became impassable.
There were 28 households affected by the swamping of the overflowing water from the damaged irrigation system.
BAMUFA Chairman Guillermo Abarquez said Philsaga’s aid to farmers has a big impact since they can now plant their seedlings and eventually will produce 80-90 sacks per hectare.
Noel Abarquez, 46, married, a farm worker of eight hectares and a Brgy. Agrarian Reform Chairman/Barangay Agricultural Officer is thankful to Villanueva for having a big heart and continuous support to small farmers.
He is also hopeful that their crop will not fail.
Apart from the irrigation system repaire, Philsaga’s also extended support on their Palay Financing Program and Jetmatic pump for household use.
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