DA Secretary William Dar with Director Baldwin Jallorina of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) and the DA-RFO 5 Regional Director Rodel P. Tornilla had awarded 100 million worth of farming machinery in the province of Albay as an assistance to Albayano farmers under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Mechanization Component.
Gov. Al Francis Bichara and Provincial Agriculturist Cheryll Rebeta together with the staff from the Albay Provincial Agricultural Office (APAO) had received the new machineries and had already performed hands-on inspection last Monday, March 22, 2021.
Through RCEF, DA provides farming assistance by distributing supplies of fertilizers, assorted seeds, farm tools and machineries that will enable local Albayano farmers to start with mechanized land preparation, harvesting, threshing and plant establishment.
29 farmer cooperatives and associations all over the province have received four-wheel drive tractors, combine harvesters, hand tractors and trailers that will be used to significantly increase the yield of the local farmers and reduce their postharvest losses.
The list of RCEF Mechanization Component recipients is as follows:
- Samahan ng mga Magsasaka ng San Carlos sa Lupang Pangarap (SAMALUPA) Inc.
- Tabaco Irrigators Association, Inc.
- TIGBI BOLO LIBJO (TIBOLI) Irrigators Association, Inc.
- COBEGA Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc.
- TANABEGA Farmers Association, Inc.
- Vinicasan Irrigators Association, Inc.
- Teresa – San Francisco Irrigators Association, Inc.
- TUWOD3 Irrigators Association, Inc.
- Tuliw-Pawa Irrigators Association, Inc.
- Bañadero Farmers Association
- Kili Farmers Association
- 49 Bigaa Irrigators Association, Inc.
- Padang Irrigators Association, Inc.
- San Francisco Farmers and Producers Association
- Banquerohan Farmers Association
- Maslog San Jose Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc.
- Municipal Local Government Unit of Manito
- Quipia Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative
- Masaganang Magsasaka ng Bonga Inc.
- Panala Farmers Association, Inc.
- Ubaliw San Ramon Farmers Association, Inc.
- TAPPS Irrigators Association, Inc.
- Farmers Field School Palayamanan Farmers Association
- West Carisac Farmers Association
- Bulusan Farmers Association
- Del Rosario-Carisac-San Agustin Irrigators Association, Inc.
- Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng San Vicente, Libon
- Panganiran Irrigators Association, Inc.