“Even with the COVID-19, our farmers continue to plant and the provincial government also intensified the assistance to our farmers and fisherfolks.”
This was assured by Provinicial Agriculturist Dalisay A. Moya during the question hour of the Pangasinan provincial board on November 10 held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC) II.
“With the approved development plan budget to agriculture, we will continue implementing the irrigation development projects, input assistance to rice, corn and vegetable farmers and other assistance to our fisherfolks,” said the provincial agriculturist.
In addition to small machineries provided by the provincial government to farmers in Pangasinan, the national government also aids farmers through the farm mechanization component of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) of the national government.
Moya stated that to date, farmers in the province received the following: 36 four-wheel drive tractors, 78 hand tractors, 21 rice combined harvesters, 4 riding-type transplanters, 2 precision seeders, 10 reapers, 5 minute threshers, 57 shallow tube wells and a rice mill.
Recently, Agriculture Sectary William D. Dar, along with Governor Amado I. Espino III and 2nd Dictrict Congressman Jumel Anthony Espino, led the turn-over and awarding of agricultural machineries to farmers from District 1 to District 4 in the province.
Sec. Dar awarded 46 tractors to various farmer groups and associations while the provincial government also received 4 rice mills and another 4 recirculating palay dryers, the provincial agriculturist also disclosed.
The farm mechanization projects, Moya emphasized, aims to reduce the labor cost of the farmers.
The Provincial Agriculture Office also assured that the province has sufficient palay harvest amid the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moya noted that the province projects a year-end total harvest of 1,279,766 metric tons of palay in 2020 with a total planted area of 187,000 hectares.
Hence, the provincial government regularly conducts price monitoring in palay, she added.
The provincial agriculturist also underscored other efforts of the provincial government in line with the agriculture sector, including the intensified campaign in food production; resource enhancement, such as mangrove reforestation; and fish stock management in various bodies of water. said Moya.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman (Photo by Jin Perez)