It's harvest time in Samar
By Ninfa B Quirante
Catbalogan, Samar (10 November) -- You know it is harvest time in Samar when the highways are lined up neatly with palay grains as if this concrete pavement is one big and long post harvest facility, at least for Samarnons.
If one travels through'Daang Maharlika', on a sunny day, he would surely understand what this writer means.
According to the agriculture office, Samar is bouncing back from its downtrodden rice farm in the first cropping.
Plagued by water stress, rice fields then were not as blessed like these days.
With this cropping season, due to ample water supply, Samar planted a total of 8,748.235 hectares, with some 1,087.57 has of irrigated rice fields.
Agriculturist Enrico Cinco sees the figures pouring in positively.
Although Samar has a potential rice field hectarage of 34, 989 several factors prevent the farmers from farming this vast land to the hilt.
For one, the cost of farm inputs have been too dear for an average and poor farmer.
In addition, only a few fields are irrigated so that in times of less rains, rainfed fields remain idle.
But with the positive development from the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Samarnons can expect better rice yield when the 3 thousand-has irrigation in Basey town shall have been completed.
Presently, according to NIA Engineer Amadeo Montejo, one thousand- hectare- irrigation project will be turned over to Basey, Samar as the new year commences.
More projects for other towns will also be funded, added Montejo.
Samar has an area of 37 thousand hectares for rice farming, the biggest of these area are in Basey, Calbayog. Paranas, San Jorge and Gandara.
With the new leadership for pro development coupled by irrigation projects funds from NIA and the modern technology being pushed by Ms Anita Taran of the Provincial Agriculture Office and her team, Samar may be able to feed its half a million populace in the next five years. (PIA-Samar) [top]