Samar farmers get 17 hand tractors
By Ninfa B Quirante
Catbalogan City (February 5) -- Elated by the 8,288 bags of certified seeds received from the national government through PGMA Rice Program, the provincial government of Samar supplemented the project by distributing 17 hand tractors (kuliglig) to some farmers group in Samar.
Acting Governor Jesus Redaja said he wanted to show that he fully supports the Hunger Mitigation Project of the national government and the Rice Sufficiency program of PGMA.
Redaja also promised the farmers flat bed dryers and more units of tractors.
From his message, he said that Samar province imports some 50 thousand tons of rice that could otherwise be provided by its vast farm lands had the government prioritized its support to agriculture.
With his 90-day stint, Redaja focused on agriculture and the health sector.
Apart from palay production, Redaja also sought the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for tilapia fingerlings which the agency seeded in the Golden River, Calbiga, Gandara San Jorge and other rivers in Samar.
Juan Anasarias, Basey Municipal Agriculture and Fishery Council (MAF-C) president said that the tractors would help in the land preparation and eventually result to a better rice production.
When asked how he would bring the four units of tractors back to Basey which is some 90 kilometers away, Anasarias said he would haul them by dump truck or ride in them.
Come February 6, 2009, Redaja and his experts in agriculture and fisheries will inaugurate the Freshwater Hatchery in San Jorge town.
No less than the so called godfather of aquamarine culture and now the BFAR Central Office Assistant Director for Technical Services Gil Adora in attendance. (PIA-Samar) [top]