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PIA Press Release
2008/11/13

South Leyte solon dares agri officers to produce more

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (November 13) -- Lone District Rep. Roger Mercado called on the 18 municipal and one city agriculturists to be role models in their respective places when it comes to producing high farm output.

In this way, farmers in their areas will be inspired to till the land, engage in commercial farming and be productive as well.

"You plant in your private lots, in your farms, so people will emulate you and follow your example," Cong. Mercado told the agriculture officers during a meeting at the RK Kangleon Function House here yesterday, November 12.

The meeting was intentionally called by the Congressman through his district office to discuss ways and means on how the province, being agricultural in nature, can boost farm production.

He observed that many hectares of land, private and public, were wasted for these were not developed into profitable business-like agricultural ventures.

Various crops can grow on any type of soil in any location in the province at any time or month of the year, and yet this advantage was not utilized to the fullest, the Congressman pointed out.

He added, by way of comparison, that in other countries, farmers are forced to stop planting with the onset of the winter season.

The solon stressed that it will only be through an intensified high-yielding harvest in large tracts of land in the province where shipping companies can seriously consider sending ships in the province's many ports, especially in Maasin.

This was because the volume of cargoes coming from the province to other parts of the country would then justify inclusion of the city in the shipping route, he added.

For their part the agriculturists welcomed the solon's call even as they also aired some concerns in their respective localities that hinder a massive agricultural undertaking, like farmers' attitudes and low-priced farm products, among others. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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