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Six more projects up to help Siquijor farmers cope with El Niņo

By Rizalie Anding Calibo

Province of Siquijor (24 March) -- The provincial government of Siquijor, through the office of the provincial agriculturist is implementing more projects, among other measures, to help local farmers cope with the challenges posed by the El Niņo phenomenon while increasing their productivity and income.

Provincial Agriculturist Ramon A. Taroc presented in his report, six more projects for March to June 2010 implementation which he said are part of the province's El Niņo mitigation plan.

These are the:

Vegetable production projects in selected areas provincewide aimed at planting cash crop for additional income;

Spring development for Drip Irrigation in barangays Cang-apa and Catamboan of Larena town, Tag-ibo of San Juan, Catamboan of Lazi, Olang, Pisong A & B, Poblacion and Candaping A of Maria, and Olave of Enrique Villanueva;

Mushroom Watermelon Production to dried rice paddies in barangays Lotloton of Enrique Villanueva, Tebjong, San Antonio and Cantabon of Siquijor, Catamboan of Lazi, Looc, Calunsan, Licoan and Cantaroc A of Maria. This is to maximize the use of rice areas after harvest, the report said.

Mushroom Culture for barangays Helen, and Cangbagsa of Larena, Pulangyuta and Tambisan of Siquijor, Candura of San Juan, and Binoongan and Olave of Enrique Villanueva.

Tilapia Culture in Pond in San Antonio and Tebjong of Siquijor town and Gabayan of Lazi; and

Composting/Vermi Culture in Caipilan, Dumanjog and Pulangyuta of Siquijor town to encourage production and use of organic fertilizer.

It must be noted that as its way of promoting more sustainable methods of production, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has been advocating the use of organic fertilizers and methods along with better soil and water management.

Secretary Bernie Fondevilla of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said their office is advocating measures that aimed to make the farm and fisheries sector more profitable for small farmers plus fisherfolk and agribusiness entrepreneurs alike so the government could not only raise rural incomes but drive investments on the supply side as well.

The areas of interventions that the Department has put in place to meet these challenges are spelled out, he said, in President Arroyo's agriculture development agenda dubbed FIELDS, which stands for Fertilizers, Irrigation and other infrastructure, Extension, Loans, Dryers and Seeds.

"FIELDS is grounded on a steadfast commitment to food security, competitive and free trade, sustainable agriculture, and profitable farm and fishery endeavor," Fondevilla said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Taroc appealed to beneficiaries to put to good use the funding support given by the province as he encourage replication of such in other barangays and households to boost productivity especially during the dry season. (PIA-Siquijor) [top]

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