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2009/10/12

Rice milestone: PGMA lauds Mahayag farmers for bountiful harvest

Buys 15th million bag of rice

Pagadian City (12 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo lauded Mahayag farmers for their pivotal role being the rice granary of Zamboanga del Sur.

In a brief message to the people of Mahayag, the President said she is very happy with the farmers who are now enjoying bountiful harvests from their rice fields through her agricultural modernization program in the countryside and her commitment in making Mindanao the food basket of the country.

Mayor Paulino Fanilag also thanked the President for the government assistance through modern agricultural technology by way of farm implements and post harvest facilities like flatbed dryers, seeds, fertilizers, equipment and access to irrigation system.

Fanilag took the opportunity to express his gratefulness to President Arroyo for the P5-million check she gave for the construction of their public market which was razed to the ground a few years ago. "We are very happy Madam President and project construction will commence on Monday, October 12," Fanilag added.

Joining Mayor Fanilag in the reception party were Governor Aurora E. Cerilles, 1st District Congressman Victor J. Yu, 2nd District Congressman Antonio H. Cerilles, Board Members, Vice Mayor Lorna Espina, SB Members, NFA Manager Regino Delfin and Lourmah Barangay Chairman Nolan Valero and other officials.

A milestone event, President Arroyo turned-over a check amounting to P62,996.00 as payment for 83 cavans of palay bought from Upper Salug Daku Integrated Development Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Salug, Mahayag and another P41,613.00 to Wilfredo Munar for 40 cavans of palay. Part of this purchase is the 15th Million bag of rice bought from farmers here.

The President had an interaction with 3 farmer beneficiaries who availed of government assistance and support through modern technology which afforded them a bountiful harvest from their rice fields.

Juanito Bunsocan, a 66-year-old farmer with 4 children harvests 80 cavans per hectare from his 5-hectare farm. He said he increased his income through assistance from the Department of Agriculture like flatbed dryer, seeds, organic fertilizer and access to irrigation system, thanks to the National Irrigation Administration.

Raymond Teogangco Sr. a 72-year-old widower of Poblacion Mahayag. harvests an average of 80 cavans per hectare from his 4 hectare farm at Barangay Lower Sto. Nino, Mahayag. He was able to avail of seeds and farm equipment from DA. He said the road projects, Tulay ng Pangulo, farm-to-market roads and other infrastructure projects of the President have paved the way for easy transport of farm products to available markets.

Meanwhile, Felix Amarilla, 51-years old with 3 children harvests an average of 70-80 cavans per hectare through assistance in the form of seeds and organic fertilizers which enable him to have a bountiful harvest. Through this, he was able to send his 3 children to school and now, he can be assured that their future will be brighter and more secure. (PIA9-Pagadian) [top]

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