THE first day of the week-long 17th anniversary celebration of Zamboanga Sibugay province was highlighted with the distribution of some P20.5 million agri-aqua equipment and implements to the farmed and fisher folks.
The celebration, dubbed as the 17th “Araw ng Sibugay”, reeled off on Monday, February 19, and ends on February 26.
Representative Wilter Palma II, of the first congressional district of Zamboanga Sibugay, led the distribution of the agri-aqua equipment and implements held at the Provincial Capitol function hall.
Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma spearheaded the opening of the agri-aqua trade fair being held at the Provincial Capitol grounds in the village of Ipil Heights, Ipil, the province’ capital town.
Palma said the production of the fiber glass-made motorboats, each powered by a 16-horse power engine, was funded by the Department of Agriculture (DA) headed by Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.
“The materials were purchased by the DA central office while the local fisher folks, who are the beneficiaries, fabricated the fiber glass-made banca based on our Memorandum on Agreement,” he said.
Each of the motorboats is completed with a 30-meter fishing gill nets. Each unit costs P55,000 or for a total of P5.5 million for 100 units.
The beneficiaries of the motorboats are the 26 fisher folk associations from the first district of this province, which are all coastal towns.
The towns in the first district are Alicia, Buug, Diplahan, Mabuhay, Malangas, Olutanga, Payao, and Talusan.
Palma, however, said they have initially distributed 32 of the 100 units motorboats since the production of the remaining 68 units have yet to start.
The farm implements included water pumps, threshers, and farm tractors.
These were distributed also in time for the graduation of 501 farmers--379 rice and 122 corn planters.
Palma said the farm implements including the six-month training, dubbed as Farmers’ Field School, costs P15 million.
The Farmers’ Field School is a joint project of the Provincial Government and the Department of Agriculture.
Governor Palma said the agri-aqua trade fair showcases the farm produce and by-products of the province’ 16 towns.
These included high-value crops to include rice and corn as well as different marine products of this province.
Each of the 16 towns have booths where they have displayed their respective products. (SunStar Philippines)