BACOLOD City – Senator Edgardo Angara said he supports the request of Department of Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol for more funds for the mechanization of the sugar industry.
Angara was here on March 12, 2018 to key note the 1st Philippine Sugarcane Farming Mechanization Expo at the compound of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
He said Piñol told him that the country’s agriculture sector “does not need special laws but assistance in the budget especially for its project on solar powered irrigation.”
“We have asked the DA to furnish the areas where it will be implemented,” the senator said.
Angara added the government “should concentrate in the laws that we have like free irrigation and the implementation of the Sugarcane Industry Development Act (SIDA) where the funding is there.”
“We can pass as many laws but if there is no funding, it is not effective,” he pointed out.
He also called on government to strengthen its farmer training programs on technological advancement and the utilization of new agricultural machineries “to improve the productivity and income especially small farmers.”
“Farming mechanization can increase land productivity by facilitating quality cultivation. It can improve our farmers’ livelihood and ultimately reduce poverty,” Angara said.
He said under SIDA law, planters/farmers of sugarcane farms should be trained to utilize appropriate agricultural machineries and equipment necessary for the efficient planting, cultivation, harvesting and handling of sugarcane.