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PIA Press Release
2010/03/04

7 towns, 1 city receive farm equipment in Agusan del Sur

Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur (March 4) -- The new city of Bayugan and seven towns in this landlocked province of Agusan del Sur received farming equipments from the provincial government.

Agusan del Sur province is considered as rice granary in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region).

Agusan del Sur Gov. Maria Valentina G. Plaza turned over the farm equipments with hope that more farm production will benefit thousands farmers in the province.

The source in the purchase of the farm equipments came from the Prepayment of Pre and Post Harvest Facilities (PPPHF), in line with the provincial government?s food production and food security program.

Beneficiaries of the farm equipments are the city of Bayugan and the municipalities of Esperanza, Talacogon, Prosperidad, San Francisco, Bunawan, Trento and Sta. Josefa.

Components of the equipment include hundreds rice drum seeders and a hundreds of knapsack sprayers to the different recipients as per rice cluster municipalities.

The recipients also acquired the actual demo and lecture on the direct-seeding technology, operation, care and maintenance of rice drum seeders thru the effort of the AED staff and Philrice.

The farmer-beneficiaries are thankful for the resources provided by the government which could greatly help in their livelihood.

According to the Provincial Agriculture Engineering Services (PAES), guidelines in the identification of recipients of farm equipments includes farmers who are willing to and/or already adopting direct-seeding method of planting, prioritizing graduates of Farm's Field School. Others qualified include farmer's organization/cooperative or those farmers willing to avail and amortize 50 percent of the total amount of the equipments in one year term or two cropping seasons.

After the turn over ceremony, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was also signed between the provincial government and municipal local government units and the recipients for massive farm production. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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