Prov'l gov't to boost agriculture for P20 M

BORONGAN CITY,  Oct. 4 (PIA) — The Provincial Government of Eastern Samar will boost  agriculture development in Eastern Samar with  P 20 million fund.

Governor  Marcelo Ferdinand Picardal assured the agriculturists in the Provincial Rice Planning Workshop attended by the Municipal Agriculturist Officers (MAOs)  and  other line agencies like the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) that some P20 million will be lodged in agriculture support. 

WOMAN FARMER. Elena Arre from Barangay San Gabriel, Borongan seeks help from the office of the city agriculturist when it comes to seeds. The provincial government may go beyong seeds supply when it implements its P20 M agri support soon. (SDC/PIA 8-E. Samar)  

Picardal clarified that the said fund is from the savings of the provincial government. 

“It is the responsibility of the provincial government to ensure food sufficiency  in every municipality and city, that is why I have to prioritize agricultural development to focus on  rice, high valued crops, vegetables, and marine products,” Picardal said.

In an interview with Provincial Agriculturist Deogracias Paano, he said that of the P20 million, some P18.5 million will be used to produce certified palay seeds, rice reapers, and transplanters.

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As to the remaining P1.5 million, the provincial agriculturist said it will be invested in soil health testing, assessment and analysis for various crops to ensure that the right crops are planted  in the right soil. 

Soil testing also enables the farmers to find out the makeup of the soil and helps determine how much lime and fertilizer one needs to apply.

Meanwhile, the MAOs prepared and submitted  their Action Plans, programs, projects and budget to be integrated to the Provincial Budget for 2019.

“The investment  for agriculture development  of Eastern Samar  should be millions of pesos so that we will reap more and eventually  achieve food sufficiency,” Picardal added.  (NBQ/SDC/PIA-E. Samar)


Source: PIA Feed