Farmer-beneficiaries in Bohol receiving the farm machineries from DA-7 during a turnover ceremony. (DA-7 photo)
From the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), the Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas (DA-7) recently turned over a total of 177 units of different farm machineries to the farmer-beneficiaries of Bohol province in a ceremony in Tagbilaran City.
These farm machineries provided by the Philippine Center for Postharvest and Mechanization (PhilMech) of DA included 16 units 4WD Tractor, 39 Hand Tractors, 47 Floating Tillers, 1 Rice Precision Seeder, 13 Walk Behind Transplanters, 4 Riding Type Transplanters, 17 Rice Reapers, 13 Rice Combined Harvesters, 21 Mini Rice Threshers, and 7 Mobile Rice Mills.
Twenty-two farmer associations (FAs) were identified as the recipient of the said machineries.
These FAs are from the municipalities of Calape, Catigbian, Buenavista, Dagohoy, Danao, Trinidad, Ubay, Alicia, Batuan, Bilar, Candijay, Carmen, Duero, Garcia Hernandez, Sierra Bullones, and Valencia.
“This is a farmer-empowerment initiative of Secretary William Dar to combat the influx of imported rice under the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL),” Atty. Salvador Diputado, DA-7 regional executive director, said.
Diputado added that the distribution of these machineries is part of the farm mechanization component of the P10-B Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) that ensures the country’s farmers are provided with the means to lower production cost and improve farm yield.
Sen. Cynthia Villar delivered a pre-recorded message to the Bohol farmers during the ceremony and stressed that the aim of the RCEF under the Rice Tariffication Law is to make the farmers more competitive.
PhilMech, under the mechanization component of the RCEF, is tasked to provide the necessary farm machineries to all the rice-producing municipalities of the country.
Witnesses of the turnover ceremony were Bohol 1st District Cong. Edgar Chatto, 2nd District Cong. Erico Aristotle Aumentado, a representative of Bohol’s 3rd District Congressman Kristine Alexie Tutor, Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Larry Pamugas representing Gov. Arthur Yap, and Jai Hinautan representing Sen. Cynthia Villar. (PR)