Cagayan gov advocates planting of tobacco
Tuguegarao City (12 October) -- Cagayan Governor Alvaro Antonio has advocated planting of tobacco among farmers as alternative to palay and corn.
In a meeting with the Municipal Agriculturists of different municipalities of Cagayan on the rehabilitation of damaged agriculture due to typhoon "Pepeng", Antonio said farmers must diversify their plants not only for palay and corn but also tobacco, which can be an alternative livelihood of farmers.
According to him, tobacco planters in some areas of the province have reported better income than corn and palay.
He also stated that he will ask the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) to provide some assistance to farmers who are willing to venture into tobacco planting.
"Tobacco can be a good source of income for farmers and it could also help in improving the financial capacity of the province," Antonio said.
The Governor stressed that palay and corn are good sources of food and livelihood but if it is too much, the buying price of these agricultural products are very low and in times of calamity it is heavily affected.
NTA-Cagayan Provincial Manager Corazon Riazonda also approved the idea of Governor Antonio, stating that tobacco is really a good source of income than palay and corn.
She clarified that they don't encourage the elimination of corn and rice farming but only to teach the farmers on how to diversify their plantations and include tobacco as one of their alternative plants in their farms.
Riazonda said there are 3,153 tobacco farmers in 14 municipalities of Cagayan planting 1, 523 hectares planted with tobacco. (Oliver B./PIA 2) [top]