LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Gov. Amado I. Espino III awarded on Monday at least 110 units of shallow tube wells to various organized farmers’ associations and other agri-fishery stakeholders to prepare them for the impending drought this year.
Espino signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the recipient farmers organizations and sectors after turning over these facilities to them in a ceremony at the Provincial Agriculture Field Office in Sta. Barbara town.
Noting that farming is the main source of livelihood of the Pangasinenses, Gov. Espino called on the recipients of the shallow tube well units to use these to improve their harvests and their incomes.
These tube wells could be installed in areas which cannot be reached by existing irrigation facilities during the summer season.
At the same time, the governor assured that the provincial government through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) is contemplating on giving more farm equipment projects to other groups of marginalized farmers to also improve their harvests.
On the same occasion, the governor also announced plans for the revival of the farmers Festival in Pangasinan which can serve as venue for the agricultural sector to showcase their outstanding crops and products and ultimately highlight the gains in agriculture in the province this far.
The provincial government earlier awarded subsidized certified palay seeds and fertilizer package to some 2,000 farmers from the third and fourth districts of the province to help them achieve increased rice yield to at least one metric ton per hectare during the dry cropping season from October 2016 to March 2017.
This could help Pangasinan maintain its prestige as one of the biggest rice producing provinces in the country today, only trailing Nueva Ecija and Isabela, in that order.
This project was to subsidize the agri-relief given by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for areas with farmers who are planting during the latter part of last year. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com