Kapampangan farmers get P63-M farm equipment, livestock

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, June 29 — The Pampanga Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), has distributed PHP63 million worth of farm machinery and livestock to Kapampangan farm associations and irrigators.

OPA chief Ed Salenga said the beneficiaries received 10 rice combined harvesters, 19 mini tractors, 20 irrigation pump sets, five rice threshers, 45 carabaos and five cows.

Salenga said the distribution of the farm implements is part of the farm mechanization program of the DA that aims to advance the rice and corn production of the province.

The farm equipment are beneficial to the farmers as they are useful during planting and harvesting season, he said.

Vice Governor Dennis Pineda, for his part, reminded the farmers to maintain the agricultural machinery for the common use of all the farmer-beneficiaries.

“These are all given to you at no cost at all so your responsibility is to take care of these machineries so that you can use these for many years,” Pineda said.

The farmers, meanwhile, lauded the provincial government for their utmost support to the agricultural sector.

In July 2016, the provincial capitol gave seven mini-tractors, 12 hand tractors, four rice transplanters, six rice reapers, a combine harvester and 51 shallow tube wells to 87 cooperatives. Joel Mapiles/PNA-northboundasia.com