Tarlac corn farmers get farm equipment
CAPITOL HILL, Tarlac City, Dec. 22 (PNA) -- In line with the government's initiative to attain corn self-sufficiency, the provincial government has distributed shallow tube well (STW) farm equipment to corn farmer-beneficiaries here.
Under the GMA corn program, the Tarlac provincial government, through the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit III (DA RFU III), recently led the distribution of 37 STWs to corn farmers from the municipalities of Mayantoc, Moncada, Paniqui, Pura, Victoria, Bamban, Capas and La Paz and to this city.
Provincial Agriculturist Edwina Tabamo cited the need to focus interventions in irrigated areas and farm lands in the province, like providing farm equipment to farmers, in a bid to achieve self-sufficiency.
Corn sufficiency is a vital anchor in national food security, Tabamo said.
Aside from this, Governor Victor Yap said that a more strategic approach in program implementation and a need to grant assistance convention tailored to the needs and situation of the different farmers are also needed to boost productivity.
"Lahat ng ito'y ginagawa ng gobyerno upang maging mas matatag pa ang inyong pagsasaka kaya dapat pahalagahan ninyo at ingatan ang mga makinang kaloob sa inyo ng pamahalaan (The government is doing all these efforts to make farming more stable, that's why you have to value and take care the equipment granted by the government)," Yap said.
Earlier the provincial government of Tarlac and DA RFU III have distributed 70 STWs to Concepcion and 25 to Gerona corn farmers.
Modesto Canlas, a farmer from Mayantoc, said that they appreciate the program because it is a big help.
"Malaking tulong po talaga sa aming mga magsasaka ang pamimigay ng makina ng gobyerno kasi po sobrang hirap ng buhay ngayon at kung hindi aayuda ang gobyerno ay mahihirapan kaming makaahon (The distribution of farm equipment by the government is indeed a big help for us as life is now more miserable and without the aid of the government, it would be hard for us to cope up)," the farmer said. (PNA)