LANAO DEL NORTE, May 11, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program turned-over Php 5.1 million worth of farm machineries to the Municipality of Munai to benefit 803 farmer-beneficiaries.
The agricultural support comprises a unit of 100-horsepower (hp) farm tractor for corn, a unit of 35-hp farm tractor for rice, and a unit of rice combine harvester. The machineries are under the additional funds previously released for the provision of farm inputs and farm mechanization support in 2017.
With the interventions, the LGU hopes to upscale the town’s rice and corn production to help in poverty eradication.
“This assistance from DA-RFO 10 will surely improve our agriculture in Munai. With DA’s support, I am hopeful that the lives of our farmers will be better. They can now farm productively with much ease and comfort,” said Munai Mayor Racma D. Andamama.
In his message, DA- RFO 10 OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado expressed his full support of the LGU’s agricultural development program.
“Munai is the first hinterland LGU in Lanao del Norte to ever receive farm machineries from DA- RFO 10. This is because I fully support your mayor’s commitment to develop your town’s agriculture,” Director Collado asserted.
Despite the town’s bankable potential, agricultural development in Munai has been sidelined for many years.
“Owing it to your mayor’s dedication to agriculture, you can expect more assistance from DA this year and in the years to come,” Director Collado vouched, promising more agri machinery assistance and farm inputs subsidy to the town farmers.
On the same occasion, 325 rice farmers in Munai each received Php 5,000 cash assistance from DA, totaling to Php 1.6 million under the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) Program.
The aid ought to help rice farmers procure needed farm inputs for the coming planting season in June 2020.
In addition, DA-RFO 10 also turned-over one unit of 90-hp farm tractor worth Php 2.05 million to the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade. ###
Writer: Azbie Talib, SAAD RPMSO 10, Information Officer