DavNor aims to develop vegetable bowl with new road
by RG Alama
Davao City (1 September) -- With the on-going construction of the 50-kilometer Talaingod-Bukidnon road, the Province of Davao del Norte is hoping to develop the highland area traversed by the road development as a vegetable growing area.
Dominador Encarnacion, Provincial Agriculturist said the province is hoping to develop Barangay Cabidianan in Talaingod, which lies between the border of Bukidnon Province into an area for growing semi-temperate vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, cabbage and cauliflower.
The elevation of the area is measured at 800 meters above seal level. It has a desired temperature suited for growing these vegetables which are usually grown on cooler areas. Encarnacion said that the Provincial Agriculturist Office has successfully tested the growing of potatoes in the area.
Cabidianan is located in the area proximate to the vegetable-growing areas of Davao City and Bukidnon, whose cool highland climate supports a semi-temperate vegetable industry.
Encarnacion said that he hopes the road opening can help develop the vegetable industry in the area. The road can be used to transport these vegetables to our markets. Cabidianan is where the road section will be opened connecting it to the Municipality of San Fernando in Bukidnon.
The road network is a program of Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario. In 2007 the National Government has allocated P100-million for the project with a P500-million appropriation for the next year. About 30-kilometers of the segment is being opened with about 10 kms already being concreted.
Meanwhile, Encarnacion said that the Province has asked the Fiber Industry Development Authority for Abaca seedlings which they would disperse to the different IP (Indigenous People) communities in Talaingod. He said that Abaca is being grown in these areas and is one of their chief products.
"An abaca stripping machine has also been provided for the communities. Instead of relying on human-power, they have the machine which can efficiently strip abaca and will give them higher-quality materials." Encarnacion said. (PIA XI) [top]