ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Jan. 27 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture gave 163 farm machineries to 27 eligible farmers' cooperatives and associations (FCAs) in Capiz during a turnover ceremony, Jan. 20, at the Villareal Stadium, here.
The farm equipment worth P143,005,000.00 under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Mechanization Component intend to capacitate the farmers to enhance their rice production efficiency and become more competitive in the global economy.
Capiz governor Esteban Evan B. Contreras said that this program will aid rice farmers lessen their production cost and benefit small, marginal farmers.
"This mechanization program of RCEF will contribute a lot among our FCAs to improve their rice productivity and lessen their production cost," said Contreras.
The farm machineries include four-wheel and hand tractors, floating tillers, rice precision seeders, walk-behind as well as riding type rice transplanters, rice reapers and combine harvesters.
The program is being implemented by the DA-Philippine Center for Post-Harvest Development and Mechanization (DA-PhilMech) and has an annual budget of P5-billion for farm mechanization for the six years period or from 2019 to 2025.
PhilMech representative Don Julian T. David said the government is all out to give direct aid to farmers to make farm production more efficient.
RCEF beneficiaries are assisted with farm machinery and equipment from PhilMech, certified seeds of inbred rice varieties from PhilRice, expanded rice credit assistance through Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines and training/extension programs by the Agricultural Training Institute.
The turn-over ceremony was led by provincial agriculturist Sylvia V. dela Cruz in partnership with the Office of the Governor and DA-PhilMech.
The event was graced by DA Assistant Secretary for the Visayas lawyer Hansel O. Didulo, Sen. Cynthia Villar political coordinator for Panay and Guimaras representative Michael Mayoga, DA Agricultural Program Coordinating Officer Carolina Cornelio, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Leonil Abordo, local chief executives, FCAs representatives, and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist staff, among others. (JBG/FMC/PIA Capiz/A. Lumaque)