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PIA Press Release
2008/02/06

Savellano adopts integrated farming system technology to fight poverty in Ilocos Sur

By Freddie G. Lazaro

Vigan City (6 February) -- Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano has initiated the integrated farming system technology to maximize the land resources of the province to promote self – sufficiency among the local folks in creating jobs and generating more households income.

This developed when he presently campaigning the massive planting of high value vegetables crops, high breed corn, tomato, cacao, coffee, cassava, soy beans, sorghums, sunflowers, black beans, mongo, peanut and green peas along the marginal areas in the province; and encouraging the backyard raising of farm animals like chicken and goat.

"We need to "go back to basic" in food production; instead we buy vegetables, meats and fishes, we better produced it," Savellano said.

The governor disclosed that he is now prioritizing the rehabilitation and construction of irrigation systems and Small Water Impounding Projects (SWIP) and distribution of water pumps that would provide sufficient waters needed for the growing of the crops he campaign to plant for.

"These water impounding projects would also be utilized as fish ponds for growing fishes like Tilapia and other fingerlings," he said.

"As to the marketing of the farmers' products are concern, we are continuously looking outlets for the farmers to sell their products to earn higher income," he added.

According to the governor, the Integrated Farming System will not only increase the farm productivity and income of the farmers but to solve the problems on lacking of jobs, poverty and malnutrition.

Through this system of farming, the bio–diversity and ecological balance of the environment will also be maintained.

"With this farming system, I'm assuring that we will mitigate the poverty incidence in the province," he said.

"Our riches are deposited in our soil considering our province as agricultural area and almost all of us will depend our daily living on agriculture. What we need now is to be more industrious and patience to cultivate these lands applying the proper and new agricultural technologies and we will provide the necessary support to the farmers," he said.

To have a show window of an Integrated Farming System, Governor Savellano and the Department of Agriculture forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to take over by the provincial government the 16–hectare San Juan Cotton Experimental Center in San Juan town.

The land will be made as a demo farm for "Penakbet" – farm for planting different vegetables in cooking a proudly known Penakbet dish; for application of modern agricultural technologies on tobacco and rice farming and farming of the 12 crops being campaign by the governor for planting.

The following facilities will also be constructed in the farm such as fishpond, green house, mini nursery, botanical garden, tree farm, livestock farm, mushroom productions and a building for selling the OTOP products in the province.

This demo farm will also be made as agricultural tourism destination in the province.

Recently, the governor visited the 80 –hectare rice based model farm in Philrice, Munoz City Nueva Ecija to acquire more ideas in developing the demo farm in San Juan town. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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