P10-B earmarked to boost farm production
by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (14 June) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) will continue to provide a favorable environment for agriculture to increase farm production by 7 per cent to 8 per cent, create more jobs, mitigate hunger and invest more in rural infrastructure next year.
This will be accomplished through a DA proposal to earmark more than P10-billion to further strengthen the country's resolve a First World status in the next two decades through pro-growth, pro-poor and pro-modern policies that will boost impressive advances.
The proposal includes a P4 billion for the repair irrigation canals that will provide water to as much as 100,000 hectares of farm lands, P20 million to build 20 corn drying and processing centers, P2 billion to set up 3,000 biomass devices in rice and corn production areas to reduce wastages and post harvest losses that cut the production of farmers by about 20 per cent, P1 billion to build tram lines through mountain passes along with the chain of storage facilities in production areas and drop-off centers, P1 billion to build hatcheries and aquaculture grow-out zones for fishing communities to ensure that the fisheries sector will grow by 10 per cent, P1 billon for programs to boost the production of dairy products, white corn, vegetables and chicken eggs, and P1 billion for the construction of farm to market roads that would boost bio fuels production, especially in the countryside.
In Capiz, agricultural productivity has been among the major development thrusts of the province to improve the quality of life of the Capiceņos.
"Considering that the economy of the province is dependent on the bounties of the land and the sea, the attention is focused in developing the agri-fishery and livestock industry of the province. It involves a package of interventions in ricelands, pasture lands, aqua and mariculture farms including the introduction of technology and marketing support," stated the province Ten-Point Agenda.
Among the significant provincial agricultural initiatives include Binhian sa Barangay project, seed processing and storage plant, cutflower and cutfoliage production, aquaculture demonstration farm, agri-aqua laboratory, freshwater and marine hatchery, and swine breeding program. (PIA) [top]