January 19, 2019, Filed under Press Release

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—Governor Amado I. Espino III led the awarding of some 369 units of shallow tube wells and 108 units of small farm equipment or rechargeable sprays which amounted to P12.9 million and P324,000, respectively, to various farmers and irrigators associations from various parts of the province on January 9 at the Provincial Agriculture Office in Sta. Barbara town.

In distributing the farm equipment, Gov. Espino vowed to award more farm inputs in the coming days to further support the needs of the marginalized farmers and to continue and enhanced the programs and projects that were initiated by the previous administration.

As disclosed by Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya, the shallow tube wells which were distributed to 366 farmers and irrigators’ associations, are expected to serve an approximate number of 1,113 hectares of farmlands and will benefit a minimum of 1,855 Pangasinense farmers.

Aside from the shallow tube wells and rechargeable sprays, project interventions under the Philippine Rural Development Project were awarded to three farmer associations and cooperatives, namely: Alcala Onion Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Urdaneta City Organic Farming Rice, Corn, Vegetable Growers Association, and Tugui Grande Fresh Produce Farmers Association (Bani,Pangasinan).

The PRDP farm interventions which amounted to more than P13 million was funded by World Bank (60%)- P6,843,360; Dept. of Agriculture counterpart (20%)- P2,281,120; Provincial Government (20%) plus additional fund- P4,510, 678.

All three farmer associations and cooperatives have previously received the initial PRDP farm input release in December 2018.

It can be recalled that in his previous speeches, the governor manifested his deep concern over the plight of the lowly farmers. Thus, he proposed that aside from awarding farm inputs more projects will be launched in the future to include free trainings for farmers and their family notably food processing, mushroom production, and backyard organic gardening.

Hence, Moya stated that farmers’ associations can also request for free trainings from her office as she added that letter request should be prepared by the requesting party and must be addressed to the Governor.

Meanwhile, Congressman Zajid Mangudadatu, Maguindanao 2nd district representative, who was the guest of honor and speaker during the distribution rite expressed elation over the support of the Espino administration to the Pangasinense farmers.

He urged the farmers to work doubly hard for their family as he stressed the importance of agriculture in the country.

Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr., on the other hand, stressed that the Espino administration has regarded agriculture as among its priority thrusts.

 

“Whatever is due to the lowly farmers are given by the previous and present administration spearheaded by the former governor and now 5th district representative Amado T. Espino, Jr. and his son, Gov. Pogi,” he disclosed.

Also present during the event were Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Liberato Z. Villegas, Jr., chairman of the agriculture committee, Mrs. Geraldin Rosario-Mangudadatu, wife of Cong. Mangudadatu, and Acting Asst. Provincial Agriculturist Nestor Batalla. (Ruby R. Bernardino)

distribution of shallow tube wells

PRDP FARM INTERVENTIONS DISTRIBUTION. Pangasinan Governor Amado I. Espino, III and Maguindanao province 2nd district Representative Zahid Mangudadatu flash the Pangasinan number one sign with the members of the 366 farmers’ and irrigators associations who received over Php13 million worth of shallow tube wells and small farm equipment, which is co-funded by the World Bank, Department of Agriculture, and the Provincial Government. The distribution of farm interventions as part of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), which was held at the Provincial Agriculture Center in Tebag, Sta. Barbara, was attended by 4th district Board Member Liberato Villegas, Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee chairperson on Agriculture, and Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya. /Photo by BSison/MGNO

 

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