Siquijor guv bares milestone on agriculture during SOPA
Siquijor (27 February) -- With agriculture as his main priority of governance, Provincial Governor Orlando "Shane" Fua in his State of the Province Address recently spelled out the vital role of agriculture on the province's growth.
According to the Governor, Optimizing Sustainable Food Upliftment Alternatives (OSFUA) which was introduced to school children and barangay folks cultivated their innate love in farming.
Due to its success the provincial government increased its allocation from P1M to P2M for the expansion of the project. High yielding seeds and fertilizers are also made available to all schools down to the 134 barangays in the province.
Through the implementation of the project, Siquijor will no longer depend on vegetable and fruit production from nearby provinces, he said.
The Farmer Field School (FFS), Palay Check and the (FSTP) also produced wonders that in spite of the increase in the annual population, the National Food Authority tallied a decrease for import supply for the province.
The BIO-N Plant in Tagmanokan, Lazi is now generating income and is now returning revenue to the Provincial Government, he also said.
In Maria town, Gov. Fua cited vermiculture which he said decreases utilization of commercial fertilizer from eight sacks to three sacks.
The province is also eyeing for the adoption of new technology introduced by U.P. los Banos known as tricoderma wherein bacteria will be responsible for the turning of hay into fertilizers within 2-3 weeks.
For livestock industry, the Governor also cited increase in income where high quality livestocks generated some P14.2 million total income from the 790 cattles sold at P10,000 each, 531 pigs at 5,000 each, 500 goats at P1,000 each and 32 chickens at P100 each.
The governor also cited progress on tourism in the island, among others.
He said that based on the records tallied by the Department of Tourism, tourist arrivals in 2009 alone increased to 87,700 or an average of 263 a day from 71,200 in 2008 in Siquijor pier alone. (PIA-Siquijor) [top]