Issue of July 7, 2019
Mt. Province
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La Trinidad farmers receive P1 M grant
by Elvy S. Tacquio

Farmers in La Trinidad, Benguet are now advancing through the grant of small livelihood project with P1 million worth of farm equipment by the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

In December 2014, former agriculture trainees from Japan formed into an organization with hopes of improving the situation of their fellow farmers in La Trinidad.

“We proposed for farm machineries to reduce postharvest losses and make farming here in La Trinidad more efficient,” said Jenalyn Pultino, member of La Trinidad Japan Agriculture Trainees Association (Latjata).

She said the association gained a net income of almost P40,000 in providing services to their fellow farmers from renting out the farm equipment they received from the project.

Latjata received one unit of four-wheel, 24-horsepower farm tractor with complete land cultivation implements and two units of brush cutter. These items were turned over in December 2018.

The tractor is rented out for P2 per square meter and the brush cutter for P1 per square meter. The rental fee will cover the labor of the operator, petrol, and maintenance and repair of the equipment.

Meanwhile, members confirmed that the use of these equipment not only reduces the time of production but also saves money on hiring extra farm workers.

As the association continues to provide farm mechanization services to the farmers in the valley, they plan to buy additional machineries to help more farmers and make farming more efficient.

With an aggregate cost of P35 million, the region has a total of 35 small livelihood projects on restoration/ rehabilitation under the I-REAP (enterprise development) component of the PRDP benefiting around five thousand farmer-members.

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