PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Alcala distributes P42M worth of farm machineriesby Vicky S. Mendoza
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Jan. 17 (PIA) -- Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala distributed a total of P42 million worth of farm machineries and agricultural goods in last night’s Farmer’s Forum held at the Aborlan municipal gymnasium.
The agriculture department aims to enhance farm and livestock production, with the goal of achieving rice and food sufficiency for the country. Thus, agricultural equipment such as dryers, tractors, threshers, knapsack sprayers, greenhouses, draft animals, cashew shelling machines and planting materials were distributed to farmers association and local government units.
Two agri-based cooperatives received P3 million worth of grant for the village-type corn post-harvest processing centers to be situation in the towns of Narra and Sofronio Espaniola.
The lone individual recipient was Virginia Dureza of Brooke’s Point town who received a unit of wood vinegar chamber and hand tractor worth P65,500. Dureza is a national runner-up in the Search for Outstanding Rural Woman of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Alcala is in Palawan to inaugurate the Iwahig-Balsahan dam gate in Puerto Princesa City and to launch the construction of Ibato-Iraan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project of the National Irrigation Administration.
Today, Alcala will inaugurate aquaculture projects of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources at the Sta. Lucia Environmental Estate in this city. (LBR/VSM/PIA-Palawan)