Rainy season means abundant harvest for Balanga’s farmers as they take advantage of new farming implements from the city government.
A turnover ceremony was held at the City Hall on July 5 so farmers from various cooperatives in Balanga could take home a mini four-wheel tractor, cassava granulator, carrageenan plant supplement, and shallow tube well.
Most advanced among the donated farming kits was the carrageenan plant supplement, which came from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The said plant booster comes from edible red seaweeds and can increase rice yield by 40%, a study by the DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) says.
DOST-Bataan Provincial Dir. Rosalie Ona announced that her agency would provide more variants of carrageenan plant supplement to Balanga’s farmers in the next harvest season.
Nine barangays with existing farming cooperatives received liters of carrageenan plant supplement. Three of these were the upland communities of Dangcol, Tanato, and Cabog-Cabog, where farming is still the primary means of living.
Six barangays received units of shallow tube well that would enhance existing irrigation wells.
The Greater Bani Farmers-Irrigators Association accepted the mini four-wheel tractor, while the Balanga City Upland Farmers took home the cassava granulator.
Aside from these farming kits, 27 bags of RC 360 and RC 222 were entrusted to seven farmers from different barangays.
We Rely on Farming
Councilor Anselmo Sanchez reminded Balangueños that farming is still the community’s backbone.
“Kahit na papunta na ang Balanga sa modernong teknolohiya, pagsasaka pa rin ang bubuhay sa atin,” said Sanchez who has been heading the city committee on agriculture for seven years.
Mayor Francis Anthony Garcia heeded this call to sustain the agricultural sector. He vowed to provide more assistance to farmers, especially through the national government’s support.
The mayor was referring to the PHP 400-million grant given to Bataan’s farmers after Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol’s visit to Mariveles on June 20.
Piñol claimed that the amount was given as a payment for Bataeños’ support to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s bid in the 2016 elections.
However, Bataeños are not lacking in their efforts to enrich their own agricultural sector. Mayor Garcia announced that his sister, Dinalupihan Mayor Maria Angela Garcia, is preparing a training center for Bataan’s farmers through an aid from agriculture experts from Israel. By: Arli Joshua Atienza