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223 farmer groups in Cordillera get P21M farm machinery

Baguio City, Philippines – Some 223 Farmers’ Cooperatives and Associations from the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, and Ifugao were awarded on Tuesday, November 08, the P21 million worth of farm machinery from the Department of Agriculture – Cordillera, in coordination with the Office of former Senator Francis Pangilinan.

In a press release, DA-CAR said the equipment aims to achieve sustainable agriculture and food security in the region. The machinery, it said, will increase production while lowering the labor cost.

Among the farm machinery given to those engaged in high-value crops farming are 93 units of multi-cultivator, 212 units of power sprayers, 88 units of grass cutters, and 20 units of mini-chainsaw.

“Through the appropriate usage and maintenance of these interventions, it is hoped that the economic condition of the benefiting communities engaged in high-value crops farming will be uplifted,” added the agency.

Regional Director Cameron Odsey conveyed the full support of the government's High Value Crops Development Program, especially since the region supplies 80% of vegetables in Metro Manila including the other lowland provinces.

Accordingly, the total value of highland vegetables sold in the market and the consumption of Cordilleras sums up to an estimated amount of P15 to P20 billion annually.

“Dakkel nga banag nu ada ti assistance tayo nga maipaay iti farmers tayo nga adda iti high value crops. Dakayo nga farmers nga mang-usar ditoy ket adalen yu kuma wenno ammoen yu nu kasano nga mangala iti datos nu dakdakel iti bentahe nu mausar dagitoy compared nu manual ti ikasta tapnu adda basis ti expansion tayo in the future,” stated Odsey during the ceremonial awarding in Baguio City.

The farmer groups were advised to make use of the machinery as intended and to take care of them.

Expressing their assurance, the representatives of the recipients thanked the initiative of Pangilinan and DA-CAR for the grant.


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