MisOcc 1st district towns receive P17.61-M agri-interventions

ALORAN, Misamis Occidental, Dec. 2 (PIA)--Nine towns from the first district of Misamis Occidental received agri interventions from the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10, November 26.

DA-RFO 10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado handed P17.61 million worth of agri interventions under the first congressional district office of Rep. Diego C. Ty, who was represented by Nesty Gonzales.

Collado said DA’s support to the local government units (LGUs) is part of the initiatives of the government in escalating productivity in terms of agricultural development to ensure food security.

The Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental received one unit four-wheel drive tractor worth P1.2 million under DA’s rice program in support of their rice farmers.

Meanwhile, the towns of Panaon, Calamba and Lopez Jaena received one unit each of mobile rice mill with a total amount of P1.19 million, and 1 unit riding-type direct seeder worth P1.98 million for the town of Jimenez.

Under DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD), P7.71 million of agri inputs were provided to the towns of Aloran, Panaon, Concepcion, Baliangao and Sapang Dalaga.

Such inputs include garden tools, biologics, agricultural machineries, tools, organic fertilizers, corn and vegetable seeds with an aim to increase efficiency and combat scarcity among the marginalized sectors. 

With DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), a P3.5 million assistance was turned over to Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Plaridel, which comprised of 1 unit cacao facility, 1 unit combined solar/mechanical dryer, and 15 metric tons of wet cacao beans.

The sub-project aims to achieve at least 70 percent of the total production of good quality fermented beans with the use of GMP-compliant fermentary and drying facility, increase the annual net income of the coop, increase farmer-members' net income and generate more jobs for the enterprise.

Meanwhile, the Aloran Integrated Cooperative received a corn mill facility amounting to P2 million in support of the food security program of the department which will benefit 1,310 corn farmers residing and farming in 16 barangays of said town.

“This facility will aid the farmers to be contributors of the challenged economy, especially in this pandemic we are facing,” said Aloran Mayor Juniepher A. Roa.

Vernan Q. Buensalida, consultant of Aloran Integrated Cooperative shared, "Pinaagi niining pasilidad maminusan ang galastuhon namo pag-adto sa sentrong bahin sa lungsod ug madugangan na among potensyal nga makita sa mais. Dili na kami mapugos ug baligya sa among mga mais ug maka-apas nami sa insaktong presyo. Dili na pod kami mabalaka nga mapundo among mais kay aduna kini'y luag-luag nga area nga mapunduhan."

(With this facility our transportation expenses will be lessened, which will increase our income. We can store our corn produce which can command higher prices. It also lessens our worries in storing our produce having provided with proper storage). (DA10/PIA10)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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