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7 Kalinga Farmers receive 9 tractors, 1 rice transplanter

Tabuk City, Kalinga-To increase rice productivity and competitiveness through advanced technology, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) distributed nine units of four-wheel drive tractors and one unit riding-type mechanical rice transplanter to seven Kalinga Farmers’ Cooperative and Associations (FCAs).

Governor Engr. Ferdinand Tubban, Provincial Agriculturist Engr. Domingo Bakilan, and PhilMech Representative Engr. Theo Dalusong led the turn-over ceremony held today, May 18, at the Provincial Capitol.

Governor Tubban congratulated the beneficiaries for their commitment in processing the requirements that qualified them to avail said machineries.

“Daytoy ket programa ti gobyerno a kayat na nga idanun kadatayo a mannalon. Epekto daytoy ti Rice Tariffication Law a madi ti kaaduan idi. Ti kayat na a sao-wen diyay ket mapan tayo iti (adaption) ti modern technology ket daytoy pay lang ti rugi na,” Tubban said.

This implementation is part of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Mechanization Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) as provided under Rice Tariffication Law to pave the way to the improve the productivity of farmers.

Beneficiaries are Tabuk Pagbiagan, Matagoan Agriculture Cooperative, Bulanao Multi-purpose Cooperative, San Pascual Rizal Farmers Irrigators Association, Kinalabasa Farmers Association, Malagnat Farmers Irrigators Association, and Calagango Peoples’ Irrigator Association.

The FCAs expressed their gratitude for the delivery of said equipment through the program.

“Agyamanak apo ti pirmi iti daytoy ng programa. Naimbag daytoy a grasya ket namnamaen yu apo a daytoy nga inted yu ket alagaan mi. Ipakita mi a dayta a machineries ket maipateg tapnu iti kasta ket adda pagbirukan ti assosasyon mi a rumang-ay met apo,” Dominador Victorio of San Pascual, Rizal FIA said.

Tubban then challenged the beneficiaries to utilize the machineries to improve their livelihood reminding that their progress will be monitored by PhilMec.

“Adda ti Philmec nga mang-monitor ket nu makita da a nasayaat, addan tu pay ti sumarunu. Agtitinulong tayo tapnu iti kasta ket adda met ah mai-report a successful,” he said.

He likewise encouraged the farmers, saying there will be more machinery to be distributed if improvement is observed.

“Dakayo iti napagasatan, dakayo ti pang-namnamaan dagiti sumarunu ta nu failure, awanen ah ngem mamati nak a dakayu iti maysa a mangitag-ay iti as-asosayon ken asosasyon dituy ili a Kalinga ket agtitinulong tayo para iti pagdur-asan iti mannalon,” he added.

Tubban also reminded the FACs to strictly observe the health protocols like the wearing of face mask to prevent spread of COVID-19.

Orientation as well as maintenance training of the farmers was conducted by the supplier, Ada Manufacturing Corporation (ADAMCO) to ensure the safe operation of farm machineries. The tractors and rice transplanter will be delivered to designated cooperatives and associations.



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