FARMER GROUPS IN MARAWI CITY RECEIVE 100HP FARM TRACTORS
Marawi City, May 15,2020 – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform, with the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and the City Government, turned over 7 units of 100HP tractors to 7 farmer cooperatives in Marawi City.
This farm mechanization support was given under the Bangon Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program which aims to improve the farm productivity of the farmer beneficiaries and increase their income.
In her message, Assistant to the Minister for Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Ammal D. Solaiman, emphasized that the farmer beneficiaries should utilize and take care of the machineries. “These are blessings to you, for it will lighten your farm labor”, she told the farmers.
Meanwhile, Alinader Macalaba, President of Sagonsongan Legacy Livehood Cooperative and one of the recipients of the farm machinery, expressed his gratitude to the MAFAR and the TFBM on behalf of all the beneficiaries. “No words can describe how happy we are at this moment after we have received our tractors. Indeed, MAFAR and TFBM are doing its best to help us especially during these trying times. Thank you very much. We hope you will be able to help more farmers like us”, Macalaba further expressed.
TFBM Field Office Manager, Asec. Felix Castro Jr. also extended the support from TFBM’s and said that they will continue to help Marawi City get back on its feet.
The MAFAR has also previously turned over 8 units of 100HP 4WD tractors to farmer associations in Butig, Lanao del Sur on May 11, 2020 and 8 units of 100HP 4WD tractor, 2 units of corn combine harvester, 1 unit rice combine harvester and 1 unit mechanical transplanter (walk behind) in Piagapo, Lanao del Sur on May 4, 2020.
Aside from Solaiman and Asec. Castro, the ceremonial turnover was also graced by Provincial Agricultural Officer Pangalian A. Balindong Jr, Dr. Imelda Gandamra-Taib representing Mayor Majul U. Gandamra, City Agricultural Officer Abdul M. HadjiAli and City Agriculturist Hanifa Busara.