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In Bicol, DA distributes farm supplies and vegetable seeds.

As part of the Halina’t Magtanim ng Prutas at Gulay sa Barangay Project (HAPAG) Kadiwa ay Yaman (KAY) Plants for Abundant Barangays Movement (HAPAG KAY PBBM) initiative, the Department of Agriculture in Bicol (DA-5) has begun distributing vegetable seeds, farm inputs, and gardening tools to villages.

Lovella Guarain, DA-5 information officer, stated in an interview on Tuesday that the program aims to transform neighborhoods into patches of edible landscapes and enhance Filipinos’ nutrition.

“As of today, we distributed to 50 barangays in total. Others must demonstrate their interest in receiving free seeds, agricultural supplies, and gardening equipment by sending a letter. We can provide the components for “pinakbet gulay,” including eggplant, beans, and okra (lady’s finger), to all 3,471 barangays, Guarin added.

She claimed that the earlier food security program, “Gulayan sa barangay, sa paaralan at sa simbahan,” is comparable to the HAPAG KAY BBM program.

The Research Outreach Stations of DA are located in various provinces, or interested barangays can visit our regional headquarters in Camarines Sur, according to Guarin.

A total of 58 farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) from the province of Camarines Sur have acquired agricultural machinery valued at PHP181.8 million through the RCEF Mechanization Component.

At the Camarines Sur provincial capital convention center on February 23, DA-Bicol and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech), one of our agency’s connected agencies, handed over machinery to recipient FCAs. Among the equipment types that were turned over were 42 hand tractors, 7 floating tillers, 19 walk-behind transplanters, 2 riding-type transplanters, 1 precision seeder, 40 rice reapers, 8 combine harvesters, 8 mobile rice mills, 5 12-T recirculating dryers, 1 1.5 tph multi-stage rice mill, and 2 2-3 tph multi-stage rice mill. The RCEF mechanization component for CY 2022 provided the funding for this equipment, according to Guarin.

Regional Executive Director of DA-Bicol Rodel Tornilla urged the farmers to be proud of their line of work in a statement.

“Ang pang-araw-araw na pagkain ng mga Bicolanos ay nakadepende po sa inyo; kayo po ang mga bagong bayani ng ating bayan. Padangat po kamo kan DA, at ang mga makinarya ay ibinigay sainyo upang mapadali ang trabaho at mabawasan ang inyong gastos sa sakahan (You are the new heroes of our country since you provide the Bicolanos with their daily meals. Please visit the DA; the equipment was provided to you to make the job easier and lower your farming expenses),” he stated.

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