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.
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.
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