BANGUED, Abra, April 19 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Provincial Government led by Governor Maria Jocelyn Bernos turned over Php498,000- worth of farm implements to San Isidro, Lagangilang Forest Land Management Association, Inc.
These include two sets of kuliglig, two water pumps, one grass cutter and one mechanized rice thresher.
Farm implements were funded by DOLE upon request of the provincial government to help this farmer’s association composed of 115 farmers.
“They will have to rent the farm implements when they use them for maintenance. They were also required to put up a housing where they can place and keep safe these facilities from the rain and other elements,” said Gabriel De La Vega of DOLE-Abra.
He added this will gear and equip the farmers here so they will not be left out and displaced in this growing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) consciousness. Giving them farm implements they need will give them confidence to upgrade and hoist their production quantity and quality alike, he said.
“It’s only here that farmers are poor and lowly. In other Asian nations they have cars and live affluently. They are mechanized,” he said.
Bernos urged the farmers to make use of the facilities and take good care of them.
Felipe Trongco, the association’s president, expressed his gratitude to the government in behalf of members for the facilities which will help them in their farming. (JDP/GBB- PIA CAR, Abra)