The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development & Mechanization (PHilMech) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Office of Albay 2nd District Representative, Congressman, Hon. Joey Sarte Salceda spearheaded the turn over of farm machinery to farmers’ associations and cooperatives (FCAs).
A total of six (6) units of rice transplanters with trailers were handed to the Libod-Bascaran Farmers Association (LIBAFA), Libod-Bariw-Minto Irrigators’ Association, Tumpa Farmers Association, and Quinuartilan Camalig Farmers & Irrigators’ Association Inc.
Said intervention forms part of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Mechanization Program which aims to boost farm productivity and income opportunities through implementation of sustainable agricultural strategies especially in the time of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In line with the government’s campaign in accelerating Camalig’s agricultural and economic pace, the turnover of farm machinery is set to strengthen local farming systems, redounding to improved earning capabilities and food on the table for every family.
Article by: Mr. Tim L. Florece, PIO