(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 19 June 2024) Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from Southeast to South will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Corn and Cassava Farmers in AgSur and SurSur Avail Farm Mechanization 

BUTUAN CITY -- A total of P5.7 million worth of various agricultural machinery and equipment were turned over by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga to the two farmer associations to further boost the corn and cassava industry in the region. 

During the visit of DA’s National Corn Program Director Milo Delos Reyes on June 27-30, 2022, he spearheaded the turnover of four agricultural machineries. 

The Mapulian Farmers Association composed of cassava farmers in Hawilian, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur received the P1.89 million worth of hauling truck . While Bangsud, Anahaw, Bag-o, Kinabigtasan Farmers Association (BAKIFA) of Tago, Surigao del Sur received one unit of Combine Harvester, Corn Planter, and Pump and Engine Set worth P3.83 M. 

According to Director Delos Reyes, the said interventions were designed to help the farmers cope with the challenges in the agricultural sector not just in the region but in the whole country as well. 

He emphasized the importance of regenerative agriculture, an approach that leads to better, more resilient crops grown through sustainable methods, and, at the same time fights the crisis that threatens food security in the country. 

"This new equipment will upgrade farming and will produce more corn and cassava to meet the high demand in food. As you may have more crops grown, and start to reap the fruit of your labor, don’t ever forget the environment, practice regenerative agriculture," he said.

Delos Reyes urged the farmers' association to strive more and never stop tilling their land since government agencies are closely assisting them. 

With the OneDA Reform Agenda, DA commits to assist the farmers to increase production through the mechanization program and other programs and projects the farmers may avail. 

“Optimize the use of the equipment given by our government, follow the recommended operation and maintenance procedure to make it serviceable in the longest possible time,” Rebecca Reyes Atega, DA-Caraga’s Regional Technical  Director for Operations appealed.

Meanwhile, beneficiaries of the farm machinery were grateful to the government for the equipment they received. 

 "Our association is grateful for the new machinery. It is our long dream to have this kind of equipment but now it has been realized through the DA. It is a big help for our livelihood to ease and expedite our work, lessen our expenses, and earn more,” Richard Virtudazo, BAKIFA Chairperson said.

Director Delos Reyes also visited farms and projects on corn, cassava and soybeans in Esperanza Agusan del Sur; Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte;  and Tago and San Agustinin  Surigao del Sur. (Lovely Joy L. Saludez/DA-Caraga)