Thursday August 16, 2018

Farmers join planting festival

PAMPANGA. A Fernandino farmer practices the use of a mechanized rice transplanter during the first Planting Festival in the City of San Fernando on May 16. He is being assisted by Sanduguan Farmers’ Association member Jun Jacinto and CAVO technician Donalene Megino. (Photo contributed by City of San Fernando)

FARMER leaders from all 35 barangays of the City of San Fernando joined the first “Planting Festival” held recently in Barangay Del Carmen.

This was organized by the local government, through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office (CAVO), as part of the Farmers’ week celebration in line with the Pyestang Fernandino 2018.

City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay said the activity highlights the demonstration on the use of mechanized rice transplanter, an agricultural machine used for transplanting seedlings to the field, thus encourage local farmers to switch to modern farming techniques.

“We wanted to show our farmers the more efficient way to plant using the transplanter versus conventional methods. With the transplanter, production cost is reduced while income increases,” she added.

Jun Jacinto, a member of the Sanduguan Farmers’ Association, led the demonstration of transplanting 18 kilos of hybrid rice seeds which were provided by CAVO.

CAVO technicians furthered that compared to traditional farming which requires more manpower, only two farmers are needed to operate the transplanter wherein they can finish transplanting in a one-hectare land for just half a day.

As for the labor cost, the use of the mechanized rice transplanter helps farmers save up to 70 percent compared to the total cost in conventional farming.

For his part, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago thanked the farmers who attended the festival and stressed their contributions in strengthening the city’s food security and economy.

“The secret of a successful and progressive area is sufficient food production which we want for San Fernando. That is why we are proud of our farmers,” he said. (PR)