Amidst the continued threat of COVID-19 pandemic to the agri-fishery sector, the Department of Agriculture (DA) 12 has assured to further increase farmers’ income and productivity through an intensified farm mechanization.
In a demo area in the town of Banga earlier today, DA 12 has granted the Provincial Government of South Cotabato with more than PhP 8.4-Million worth of postharvest facilities and farm machines.
DA 12 Regional Executive Director Arlan Mangelen led the turn-over of various farm facilities such as one rice combine harvester, 10 hand tractors, 10 rice threshers, 20 seed spreaders, 6 shallow tube wells, 10 rice transplanters, 50 garden tools and 10 rolls of HDPE pipes courtesy of the DA's Rice Program and High Value Crops and Development Program.
“Kailangan nating mapalawak ang ating production areas at mapalakas ang programang mekanisasyon sa Rehiyon Dose upang masiguro nating masagana ang ani at mataas ang kita ng ating mga magsasaka’t mangingisda,” Director Mangelen said.
SoCot Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Raul Teves has also accepted the challenge of the DA 12 in attaining a food secure and self-sufficient region saying “Makakaasa po kayo na kaisa niyo po kami sa Probinsya ng South Cotabato sa pag-iimplementa ng iyong mga programa at proyekto."