The provincial government of Guimaras turned over to the Salvacion Cluster Farmers Association from the municipality of Nueva Valencia one unit of the combined harvester with a trailer worth P1.6 million.
In his message during the turnover held at the Barangay Salvacion covered gym, Governor Samuel Gumarin said the distribution of post-harvest facilities is part of the effort to encourage farmers in the province to shift to mechanized farming.
“The harvester will help farmers reduce their post-harvest losses.”
“The harvester will help farmers reduce their post-harvest losses,” Gumarin said.
He added that while farmers were the ones bringing food to the table of every Filipino, yet the agriculture sector was left behind amid the rapid development of technology.
“The harvester can also help generate income for the farmers’ association.”
Provincial Agriculturist Ronnie Morante added that apart from reducing post-harvest losses, the harvester, if managed well, can also help generate income for the farmers’ association.
The Salvacion Cluster Farmers Association has 150 farmer-members.
The barangay is considered as the rice granary of the Nueva Valencia, hence their association was chosen as the recipient of the equipment.
Apart from the harvester, Gumarin also committed to give them a farm tractor.
Expressing their gratitude, Salvacion village chair Marilou Delumpa said that they will take good care of the equipment, which can help not only her constituents but farmers from neighboring barangays as well.