Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Department of Agriculture Region 6 executive director Remelyn Recoter led the distribution of agricultural machineries and cash incentives to Negrense farmers in a ceremony held at the provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City Tuesday.
The local government units of Himamaylan, Sipalay, Escalante, Calatrava, Hinobaan, San Enrique, and La Castellana, and the Newton-Camingawan-Para Farmers Association in Bago City, Buhing Tubi Diversified Farmers Association in Cauayan, and the Batuan Farmers and Farmworkers Association in La Carlota City received machineries that include rotary composters and shredding machines, worth a total of P9.5 million, through the DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management and the Office of Senator Cynthia Villar.
The project aims to hasten the recycling of biodegradable wastes for organic fertilizers that will also help address waste management and in support of the establishment of a composting facility for biodegradable wastes under the National Organic Agriculture Program and Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, a press release from the Capitol said.
Meanwhile, 368 rice farmers from the municipality of Valladolid received Quick Turn Around incentives of P1,008,440.
The QTA/Early Planting project under the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist aims to respond to the food production and marketing needs of farmers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the province. It also helped address possible food shortage and the availability of rice, especially at the height of the pandemic last year.
Present at the activity were Board Member Jeffrey Tubola, Engr. Albert Barrogo of DA-Region 6, OPA officer-in-charge Dina Genzola, Arjay Venus – the political staff member of Villar for Negros, and Ramon Uy Sr., among others, the press release added.*