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FCAs receive P2M worth of cultivators, sprayers

August 16, 2022 Cory Martinez 206 views

TO help improve the productivity of the farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) in Arayat, Pampanga, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has awarded at least P2 million worth of multi-cultivators and power sprayers to 40 FCAs.

Gerald Glenn Panganiban, director of the DA’s High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), said that FCAs must be provided with appropriate and efficient mechanization technologies to increase production.

Panganiban, together with Regional Technical Director Arthur Dayrit and representatives of the local government unit (LGU), led the turnover ceremony as part of the RFO’s HVCDP Mechanization Program.

Panganiban thanked the farmers for their important contribution to ensuring the country’s food security.

He also assured them that the government, led by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., will continue to support the needs of the agriculture and fisheries sectors.

On the other hand, Dayrit encouraged the recipients to take good care of their new equipment and share them with the farmers in their respective communities.

During the event, the chairpersons of the FCA beneficiaries signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the machinery’s proper operation and maintenance.

They committed to properly using and maintaining the equipment and sharing them with farmer-members and non-members.

The technicians from Harbest Agribusiness Corp. also provided training on operation and maintenance for the equipment recipients.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa biyayang natanggap namin na cultivator. Malaking tulong po ito sa mga members namin na nagtatanim ng gulay,” Gilas Bitas Farmers Association Chairperson Manuel Paras said on behalf of the association members.