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Agriculture tops development agenda for Tabuk

by Peter A. Balocnit

TABUK, Kalinga (23 October) -- Owing to its potential of producing commercial volume products for export, agriculture and fishery topped the development agenda of the local government unit (LGU) of this capital town.

Local initiatives are now directed to the pump priming of agriculture so as to realize the super region concept of government. Tabuk is the rice granary of the Cordilleras and is one of the hybrid rice and corn producing areas in the country .

To this end, the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) here requested the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for two Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers to provide technical assistance at the Tabuk Agro-Food Center .

The municipal government established a municipal Agro-Food Center at Barangay Balong, Tabuk in 2002 in its desire to conserve and develop its inland aquatic resources and to promote the development of plant industries of the town.

Municipal Agriculturist Gilbert Cawis earlier presented to the SB the urgent need to request for the services of a Fishery expert and a Plant Pathologist to provide technical assistance in the centerís Fish and Citrus Production project components.

SB Resolution No. 148 was transmitted to the Resident Representative of JICA in Makati City and municipal officials are optimistic of its approval since Tabuk is reportedly known in Japan for its good track record in governance.

Cawis said his office will expand the centerís fishery pond to increase production of fingerlings which can be availed of by fishpond operators interested to engage in fish culture.

Meanwhile, the SB authorized Mayor Camilo Lammawin Jr. to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Agriculture Cordillera Administrative Region Field Office (DA-CARFU) regarding the transfer of funds from the department to the LGU. DA-CARFU has earmarked P4.5 million for the construction of a small water impounding project at Angalipan, Cudal and P475,000 for the rehabilitation of a small diversion dam at Laya East.

To further boost agriculture production, the SB also requested the National Agriculture and Fisheries Council to allocate an additional unit of 4-wheel drive tractor.

The tractor acquired from DA in 2001 under its intensified mechanization program for LGUs can no longer cater to the needs of all the farmers since the municipality has become a hybrid producer of rice and corn. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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