BAGUIO CITY — Five farmers’ groups comprised the first batch of recipients in the province of Kalinga of free farm machineries in Kalinga under the P5-billion mechanization component of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
The Binongsay Malin-awa Savings and Loan Cooperative and Inambaran Peoples Organization from Tabuk City; the Pinococ Farmers Livelihood Organization in Pinukpuk Municipality; the San Pedro Agriculture Cooperative; and the Rang-ay Agriculture Cooperative from the Municipality of Rizal were awarded P15 million worth of farm machineries and equipment.
PhilMech Executive Director Dr. Baldwin Jallorina, Department of Agriculture Regional Technical Division for Operations Danilo Daguio, Kalinga Gov. Ferdinand Tubban, City Administrator Arnold Tenedero, and other local officials formally handed over the 25 machineries and equipment at the Provincial Capitol on 20 July 2020.
According to PhilMech, an allocation of P40 million is annually earmarked for Kalinga under the said program which aims to raise rice farmers’ productivity, profitability and global competitiveness through strengthened access and use of appropriate production and postproduction mechanization technologies.
Jallorina assured of more machineries to be awarded to farmer associations and cooperatives in the province, and encouraged the farmer beneficiaries to build stronger camaderie among themselves for sharing in the program.