THE Department of Agriculture in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DA-Armm), led by Assistant Secretary for Finance Alexander “Boyet” G. Alonto, Jr. and Provincial Director Pangalian “Alexie” Alonto Balindong, Jr., turned over farm machineries and equipment to almost 80 accredited farm cooperatives in the province during the official turnover ceremonies held on November 4, 2015 at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, Marawi City.
Alonto represented Armm Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman during the event.
“Governor Hataman is very supportive of the farmers in Lanao del Sur and he sees the huge agricultural potential of the province,” Alonto said.
After lobbying for the release of these equipment and machineries to the farmers in his province, Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Bombit Alonto Adiong, Jr. was overwhelmed with joy upon receiving them and lauded the agriculture department.
“Our farmers can now easily work on their lands to ensure they produce quality and abundant rice and corn for our constituents,” he said. “We cannot thank Governor Hataman and of course, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, III enough for their support to our farmers.”
The machineries included hand tractors with trailers, threshers, floating tillers, pedal threshers, shellers, corn mills, hammer mills, a cassava chipper and granulator and 4-wheel drive tractors.
Balindong said the machineries and equipment shall replace carabaos which usually prepare agricultural lands in days.
“The 4-wheel drive tractor can now easily prepare the lands in just two hours,” he claimed. “The benefits include less labor, minimal time and additional income for the farmers as they can rent out these equipment and machineries to nearby barangays.”
Governor Adiong said that investing in the agricultural sector is one of his key strategies to help eradicate poverty in his province.
Adiong, Alonto and Balindong are all grandchildren of the late Senator Ahmad Domocao Alonto and are all guided by his principle of providing development and service through genuine leadership. pr