Mark C turns over farm machineries to 5th district town

April 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- Former 5th District Rep. Mark C. Cojuangco, representing his wife Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco, turned over here farm equipment and machineries to the towns of Villasis, Alcala and Sto. Tomas on April 13.

The town of Alcala, represented by Mayor Manuel Collado, received five units of John Deere tractor and one unit Mech Fiber while Sto. Tomas received one unit Mech Fiber .

Villasis, through Mayor Dita G. Abrenica also received also five units John Deere tractor and one unit Mech Fiber.

Seven units more of John Deere tractors will be purchased- five units for Sison and two units for Sto. Tomas.

The farmers will use the farm tractors on rotation basis. They will shoulder the cost of diesoline, wages of the operators and maintenance.

The mech fiber serves as a mixer of sillage for the feeds of cows. Villasis, Alcala and Sto. Tomas will have their own dairy farm, an extension of the dairy farm of Laoac.

“These equipment are yours. Ito ay makakatulong sa inyo upang tumaas ang antas ng inyong mga produkto at tumaas din ang inyong kita sa pagsasaka,” Cojuangco told the group of barangay officials of Villasis and municipal officials of Sison, Alcala, Pozorrubio, Laoac and Villasis.

Cojuangco explained that are being purchased for the 5th district with complete accessories like plow, harrow, rotobator and a creeper because “we will be constructing industrial sized dryer for palay here in Villasis and the same in Alcala for palay and corn.”

“These dryers require more or less 100 hectares of farmland planted to palay in which it will dry more or less 400 tons of palay daily. I need the cooperation of farmers,” he said.

The dryers, Cojuangco further said, will improve the class of rice to be produced in the district. “It will lessen broken grains, 10% savings on drying and will produce higher farm yield and income.”

He urged the farmers to participate in the program on rice production. The farmer-participants will be assured of assistance – the use of the farm tractors, transport machineries, seeds and fertilizers subsidies.

He also enjoined farmers to plant three varieties of palay: RI-160, RI- 118 and RI -82. These varieties, he said, even though mixed during drying process in the mechanical dryers will not affect the rice classification.

He emphasized that the rice production program will only be the main crop season and the use of irrigation for second to 3rd cropping will be discussed in other forums.

The funds used to purchase the farm equipments and machineries were out of the tobacco excise share tax of the towns in the district.

“Ito ay ehemplo for other towns without excise tax,” he said even as he urged the crowd to patronize the local products for a self-contained economy.


Other projects to be implemented by Cojuangco are: barnyard, warehouse, cowsheds and construction of four silos in a 5.5- hectare lot in Unzad village and a prototype model of tobacco curing barn to be constructed in Amamperez

Other farm equipment and machineries that were turned over earlier to Villasis town are: 20 units Kubota tractors with trailers, two units Forward trucks, one unit payloader, one unit backhoe and one unit grader.

Another on-going project which is funded out of the tobacco excise tax is the construction of a Livelihood Training Center which is already 60% complete.

On the planting of tobacco, Cojuangco said that it is the “goose that lays the golden eggs”. “Let’s increase the tobacco production para tuloy-tuloy ang pera.”

The turn over was attended by Villasis former Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica, Pozorrubio Mayor Artemio Chan, Laoac Mayor Silverio Alarcio, Jr. Sison Vice Mayor Ben Mariñas and members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Villasis Vice Mayor Centenielo Costales and members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Collado with some members of the Sangguniang Bayan.

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