Farmers affected by the El Nino phenomenon expressed relief as another 153 units of water pumps were distributed by the provincial government to 85 farmer-irrigators in Pangasinan.
The third set of distribution held today at Sta. Barbara brings the total number of water pumps already distributed to 343 units with 117 irrigators’ associations provincewide as beneficiaries.
Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. who led the initial turn-over of water pump units in early March said the provision of water pumps to farmer-irrigators is part of the emergency measures to help farmers mitigate the effect of the ongoing dry spell.
Gov. Espino likewise noted that a total of 500 units of water pump have been purchased by the province for distribution to the members of the Pangasinan Federation of Irrigator’s Associations.
Oftociano Manalo, president of the Regional and Provincial Irrigator’s Associations lauded Gov. Espino for the speedy action of providing immediate help to the farmers especially those at the tail end areas who are hardest hit by the El Nino phenomenon.
Manalo said farmers whose farmlands and produce were damaged by the recent typhoons that hit the country and cannot afford to buy their own farming equipment due to lack of funds can now avail of free use of water pumps.
Towards this end, the farmer beneficiaries thanked Gov. Espino for providing them with the much needed equipment to address their problem caused by the dry spell as their only source of living is their ricefields.
Executive Asst. Ramon Morden, who represented Gov. Espino during the awarding rites, said that more projects will be initiated by the Governor to uplift the lives of the marginalized farmers as he stressed that agriculture is one of the priority thrusts of the present administration.
The most recent recipients of the water pumps were the irrigator’s associations from District I receiving four units; Dist. II-12 units; Dist. III- 85 units; Dist. IV- 6 units; Dist. 5- 10 units; and Dist. VI – 36 units.
The remaining units of water pumps will soon be distributed to the other farmer-irrigators group as there are more than 200 irrigator’s associations in Pangasinan. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva)