Lanao del Norte farmers get P240M aid, loans

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, Jul. 1 (PIA)–The Department of Agriculture (DA) completed the delivery, June 28, of P200 million worth of farm machinery and production assistance, including a P40 million easy access credit fund, as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte in the aftermath of Typhoon Vinta which ravaged Northern Mindanao in December 2017.

DA Region X Director Carlene Collado said the last batch of farm implements turned over to Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Q. Dimaporo during the 60th Founding Anniversary of the province completed the presidential commitment.

DA started delivering the interventions right after the president  visited Lanao del Norte in December 2017. 

The interventions included livestock, seeds and production support.

The procurement of the farm implements had to go through the process of bidding which usually takes a long process and the equipment had to be delivered in batches.

On Friday, tractors, transplanters and mini-rice mills were delivered by DA including a Solar Powered Irrigation System in Lala town.

The DA Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) also increased the allocation for the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) for Lanao del Norte farmers and fishermen from P4 million to P40 million. (DA10/PIA10)

Agriculture Technology

Modern farms and agricultural operations work far differently than those a few decades ago, primarily because of advancements in technology, including sensors, devices, machines, and information technology. Today’s agriculture routinely uses sophisticated technologies such as robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images, and GPS technology. These advanced devices and precision agriculture and robotic systems allow businesses to be more profitable, efficient, safer, and more environmentally friendly.

IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY

Farmers no longer have to apply water, fertilizers, and pesticides uniformly across entire fields. Instead, they can use the minimum quantities required and target very specific areas, or even treat individual plants differently. Benefits include:

  • Higher crop productivity
  • Decreased  use of water, fertilizer, and pesticides, which in turn keeps food prices down
  • Reduced impact on natural ecosystems
  • Less runoff of chemicals into rivers and groundwater
  • Increased worker safety

In addition, robotic technologies enable more reliable monitoring and management of natural resources, such as air and water quality. It also gives producers greater control over plant and animal production, processing, distribution, and storage, which results in:

  • Greater efficiencies and lower prices
  • Safer growing conditions and safer foods
  • Reduced environmental and ecological impact

NIFA’S IMPACT

NIFA advances agricultural technology and ensures that the nation’s agricultural industries are able to utilize it by supporting:

  • Basic research and development in physical sciences, engineering, and computer sciences
  • Development of agricultural devices, sensors, and systems
  • Applied research that assesses how to employ technologies economically and with minimal disruption to existing practices
  • Assistance and instruction to farmers on how to use new technologies