THE Department of Agriculture (DA) in Davao Region urged farmers to form associations to easily access various post-harvest assistance from the agency, especially in recovering from the impact of the current health situation or in battling other crises like drought.
DA-Davao Region information officer Noel Provido said farmers should form an association with at least 20 farmer members and be registered in the Registry System on Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) for them to acquire machinery or sets of equipment.
“Pag association mo, you can have a resolution. Kung pwede tanan members makalista at least 25 to 30 members para katong mahatag nga machinery and equipment would serve as a common service facility (They should enlist about 20 to 30 members so they will be given machinery or equipment),” he said.
“Dili individual farmer kay pananglitan muhatag kag tractor unya individual (Equipment such as tractors should not be given to farmers individually), that would be very costly on the part of the government,” he added.
Provido cited several successful farmer associations in the region such as the onion farmers in Matanao, Davao del Sur, cacao farmers in Talandang in Tugbok District, and vegetable farmers in Suawan in Marilog District.
He said the agency has provided seedlings to some farmers who decided to plant other crops like onions when their rice farms are affected by drought.
“After the harvest mao ni ilang ginatanom kay bungkag man gud ang yuta pag mauga sa palayan so ginatamnan na nila og sibuyas bombay. Naghatag mi og seeds para sa ilaha (They plant onions after they harvest rice because the soil is still dry and loose. We provided them with seedlings for onions),” Provido said.
He said the vegetable farmers were able to request a tractor to bring their produce downtown.
He added that apart from machineries, farmers will also have easier access to several training and markets when they are an association.
“Pag grupo man gud mo (If you are a group), you can meet the volume requirement. Pag-organize gyud ang atong mga farmers, we will have the economy of scale and dali lang pagtudlo sa technologies and other training (it will be easier for us to train people on technologies),” he said.