CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Agriculture in Central Luzon (DA-3) has provided PHP8.18 million worth of agricultural infrastructures and small-scale irrigation projects to farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) in Bulacan.

This is under the DA’s High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) which aims to boost farmers’ productivity.

Bulacan provincial agriculturist Ma. Gloria SF. Carrillo said Thursday the DA-HVCDP turned over one unit of packaging house facility worth some PHP1.42 million, one corn sheller worth PHP350,000, and a warehouse with dryer worth PHP5 million to the Prime Farmers Association, Inc. of Barangay Sta. Lucia, Angat town last Tuesday.

On the other hand, Carillo said the Coral na Bato Farmers Association of Barangay Coral na Bato, San Rafael town received a unit of wind-powered irrigation system worth PHP499,000, while the Samahan ng Magsasaka at Maggugulay ng Tukod of Barangay Tukod, San Rafael was given a greenhouse with hydroponics worth PHP913,894.

“Ang nasabing programa ay naglalayong tulungan ang mga FCAs na mas mapadali at mapabilis ang kanilang pagsasaka gamit ang makabago at modernong kagamitan (The said program aims to help the FCAs to make their farming easier and faster through the use of new and modern facilities and equipment),” she said in a social media post.

She asked the FCAs to help their local agricultural extension workers in reporting the actual area and volume of production to properly account for the total area planted and to have accurate planting and harvesting data in the whole province of Bulacan.

Meanwhile, Gerald Glenn F. Panganiban, national program director of the DA-HVCDP, has encouraged the Prime Farmers Association, Inc. to practice vegetable consolidation using the facility provided to establish a stable market and be certified as having good agricultural practices. (PNA)