La Union intensifies veggie production
By Jennilyne C. Role
San Fernando City, La Union (15 January) -- Amidst havoc in the agricultural sector brought about by typhoons "Ondoy" and "Peping" in the province last year, La Union Provincial Agriculturist Avelino A. Lomboy had intensified production programs of vegetable and root-crops in the municipalities of San Gabriel and Balaoan recently.
"Vegetable production could be one of the lucrative income sources of the farming communities considering that harvesting time is very much shorter as compared to palay, corn and other crops."
Further, Lomboy said that rural and urban vegetable production is on top of his priorities this year without prejudice to other regular programs which deserve equal attention.
Information, education campaign thru technical briefings and lectures not only to the farming communities, but also to the public elementary and high schools, including interested backyard raisers are being conducted by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg).
When asked about the implication of the forthcoming El Niņo vis-ā-vis intensified programs in the agricultural sector, Supervising Agriculturist Imelda J. Sannadan, High Value Commercial Crops (HVCC) Provincial Coordinator and Chief of the Research and Extension Division of the OPAg said that the Provincial Government of La Union is prepared and initially have injected interventions in the affected areas.
"The coming of the El Niņo as predicted was already given preferential action by the OPAg vis-ā-vis our quest for greater production not only in vegetables, but moreso with the onset of the palay planting season," Sannadan said.
Several measures to include the rehabilitation of small diversion dam that will serves as irrigation facilities, distribution of shallow tube wells (water pumps), distribution of assorted HVCC and rice seed subsidies to the farmers.
"With these, we are positive that we can mitigate the impact of said phenomenon in our agriculture sector," Sannadan added. (PIA Region 1/La Union) [top]