DA wants farmers’ feedback

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Saturday, June 28, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Central Luzon Office here recently urged farmers to give them feedback on the agency’s programs to find out if they are displacing needed labor or affecting yield.

Speaking before members of the Pampanga Provincial Agriculture and Fisheries Council (PAFC) at Capitol on Thursday, DA Central Luzon Director Andrew Villacorta cited the programs as combined harvesting where the three separate operations of reaping, threshing, and winnowing are combined into a single process; post harvest technology; self-sufficiency; and climate change mitigation projects.

“Alam namin na ang trabaho ninyo bilang magsasaka ay isang malaking sakripisyo para sa bansa. Kayo ang aming partner sa DA at nais naming ng inyong feedback ukol sa aming mga programa kung ito ba ay tama, mali, nakakatulong o may kulang pa,” he said.

Villacorta cited as an example a farmer in Nueva Ecija who harvested twice the normal yield of palay by using combined harvesting.

“Doble ang kanyang kinita sa ani pero may na-displace na farm workers na umaasa lamang para sa kanilang kita tuwing anihan na. Sana, ang grupong tulad nitong PAFC ay makatuwang namin sa planning, monitoring at evaluation ng mga programa dahil ang inyong feedback ay napakahalaga,” he stressed.

Villacorta also urged the farmers to go on inter-cropping to attain self-sufficiency. “Pagkatapos po ng ani ay puwede na tayong magtanim ng mais, munggo, cassava o di kaya ay kape na atin pang ini-import.”

He also asked the farmers to have their crops insured as climate change is sure to affect their yield. “Dahil sa climate change ay naaapektuhan na ang ating agrikultura at marami ang nasisira. Mababa lang naman ang insurance premium. Pero kami sa DA ay tumutulong na mapa-insure ang inyong mga sakahan, kasama na ang pagpapagawa ng konkretong mga farm-to-market roads.”

Villacorta furthered that farmers in Pampanga have helped in attaining self-sufficiency in rice.

“Right now, Pampanga is self-sufficient and is a net importer of rice in the region. That is why we thank the provincial government for its continuing support to the DA and farmers. Through your feedback, I believe we could improve our services for farmers,” said Villacorta. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 29, 2014.

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