Davao Oriental farmers receive production enhancement assistance in organic farming
by Neela G. Duallo
Mati, Davao Oriental (23 September) -- Farmer associations and local government units in the province recently received about 18 community-based composting facilities (shredder machines), complementing an aggressive pursuit to organic farming and a maximized agricultural production in the province.
The provision of the facilities was the aftermath of Governor Corazon Malanyaon's persistent efforts and resourcefulness to fulfill the thrust of maximizing and industrializing the agriculture sector.
Beneficiaries were composed of various farmer associations and local government units in the province.
The organizations include Rang-ay Small Farmers Association and Calubihan Farmers Association of Banaybanay, Tagboa Irrigators Association, Lacorba Rice Farmers Association, Ilocano-Ilongo Muslim Irrigators Association of Lupon and Sergio Osmeņa Farmers Cooperative.
The following groups also received assistance: Goat Raisers Association in Dvo. Or, Brgy. Taguibo Vegetable Growers Association of Mati, Coco Husk and Social Enterprise, San Ignacio Small Farmers Association, Guza Upland Brgy. Association of Manay, Taytayan Irrigators Inc., Baganga Irrigators Association, San Isidro Dapnan Irrigators Association of Baganga and Brgy. Jovellar of Tarragona.
From the local government unit, the recipients were municipalities of Gov. Generoso and San Isidro, and the Provincial Veterinary Office.
Before the formal turn-over, the Provincial Agriculture Office initiated training for the beneficiaries. On the day of the turn-over, there was a demonstration on how to operate the shredder machines, revealing an easier way of composting waste materials and garbage.
The push in organic farming came after Gov. Corazon Malanyaon ordered a soil analysis in the province.
Provincial Agriculturist Rey Curaming disclosed that with the high acidity of our soil, we have to neutralize the acidity by using organic fertilizers.
"We have to note that reliance to inorganic farming results to pesticides preying the plants, thus incurring damages on crop commodities. With these facilities we have availed, all it takes now is our hard work and cooperation," he stressed.
Gov. Corazon Malanyaon is grateful to the Dept. of Agriculture for the unceasing support to the provincial government, particularly on the grants received by the provincial government from the agency.
"I hope my presence in today's turn-over will prove my sincerity in developing the agriculture sector. And more than anything else, I hope that the beneficiaries will really make good use of the composting facilities, that with the shredder machines, they can be more productive," the governor stressed.
"May this be a source of inspiration. Who will not be inspired, anyway? The provincial government is doing its best to uplift the farmers, from the trainings given to them down to the technical support, we are really bound to help," she reiterated.
Gov. Malanyaon strongly cited farming, fishing and livestock raising as the three important things that one should and must indulge into to address poverty which is one big thrust of her administration.
The Governor calls for giving value to the efforts of the provincial government, and to the community-based composting facilities, emphasizing the need to remain united towards one direction.
"I will try also to see the complaints of the farmers, to look into their needs. But what is important is that we remain united," said the governor.
Gov. Malanyaon said that the provincial government has already prepared everything, adding that it has already come up with well-delineated programs particularly on agriculture, made possible with the continuous good partnership with DA.
"You must realize that we are serious and we mean business here. If the beneficiaries will not value what they have now, then it is only fitting to look for other groups who are interested and give the facilities to them after going through assessment," she stated.
"I have done this before in San Isidro, where the farmer beneficiaries regretted their lack of interest, as I gave the post harvest facility supposedly for them to Brgy. Taytayan. And now, Taytayan is really benefitting from it and has been very productive. It's Taytayan's gain and San Isidro's loss," said the governor.
Though they regretted their failure and now showed interest into what they are doing, but they missed one cropping season," she explained.
After the turn-over ceremony, the beneficiaries happily went home with their 6.5 horsepower shredder machines. As revealed by PAGRO Officer Rey Curaming, there are already 24 units given to Davao Oriental, with the two given earlier.
The Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM)-DA thanked the provincial government for the support, with the appeal to the beneficiaries to take care of the composting facilities. With the 18 beneficiaries to enjoy the benefit of the said facilities, BSWM is optimistic that in the future, more farmers can avail of the said assistance from the agency, with the implementation also of balance fertilization strategy.
The following officials witnessed the turn-over ceremony: Dashiel Indlible, Sr., the provincial government's consultant in agriculture, Mr. Rochie Ravelo, Pagkain at Kita Program Coordinator, Dr. Eric Dagmang, provincial veterinarian, PAGRO and provincial employees of Davao Oriental. (DXHM-Mati) [top]