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PIA Press Release
2009/06/17

Hinabangan, Samar dreams of being food basket of Eastern Visayas

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan (June 17) -- Hinbangan, Samar a 4th class agricultural municipality some 37 kilometers south of Samar's capital town is dreaming to be the food basket of Eastern Visayas.

This was announced by Mayor Alejandro'Alex' Abarratigue during the town's 61st founding anniversary.

When Abarratigue delivered his state of the municipality address (SOMA), the first item on his list was that he introduced Hinabangan as an agricultural municipality where most people depend on farming and fishing as the source of living.

He added that the type of soil in his town is suited to vegetables, root crops and fruit production.

However, lately, a decline on the food production has been noticed.

He pointed to lack of quality seeds, lack of fertilizers and the farmers' adherence to traditional farming styles as reasons for the decline in agricultural production.

Then he praised the Department of Agriculture headed by Leo Caneda and An Waray Partylist Representative Florencio 'Bembem' Noel for providing high quality seeds, fertilizers and other farm inputs.

His municipal agriculturist (MAO), he added also conducted trainings in banana production and high value crops. The office also suggested putting up a demonstration farm for farmers to witness how to produce more.

Activation of the Municipal and Fishery Council (MAF-C) also assisted the MAO in the delivery of agricultural services to Hinabangan farmers.

He added that someday, with all these things his administration is doing for agriculture, his dream of making Hinabangan "Food basket of the region" will be realized.

The mayor finalized his mention of agriculture initiatives by saying, "I believe that once we improve agriculture, we will also improve the living standard of our constituents." (PIA-Samar) [top]

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