After receiving a rice milling machine from the DOLE-Regional Office I, the 230 members of the Farmers Association Innovative Technology and Harvest for Rosario (FAITH) have reasons to be joyful these days.
Over half of the association’s members live in the far-flung mountainous areas of the town of Rosario, La Union, and their geographical location posts a big challenge to their farming activities.
“Mahirap po sa mga miyembro ang pagpapakiskis ng kanilang ani dahil talagang malayo ang kanilang mga barangay sa lokasyon ng mga rice milling machines,” Rolando Rocapor, FAITH President, shared.
He said that with the presence of the portable equipment, the post-processing service can now be brought closer to where the members are. “The machine also has stone separator to ensure that the rice is totally free of impurities,” Rolando said.
The DOLE-RO I, through its La Union Field Office, awarded the 5-in-1 rice milling machine worth P240 thousand to the association on February 17 at the project site in barangay Tabtabungao, Rosario, La Union.
Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena said the new project will provide a new source of income from the machine rentals for the farmer-members and at the same time, help improve efficiency, timeliness and reduce costs.
Since it was organized in March 2009, the association has been able to put up various livelihood projects such as hog raising, mango vinegar making, vermicomposting, among others.
It has been recognized as “multiplier of environmental technology” by the provincial government of La Union. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez