Farmers, fisherfolk honored for contributions in poverty reduction

Farmers queue in line during the mass turn over of seedlings and other giveaways from the Department of Agriculture Regional Office during the Farmers and Fisherfolk Month Celebration held in PAGRI Compound in the City of Mati, Davao Oriental.

Farmers queue up during the mass turn over of seedlings and other giveaways from the Department of Agriculture Regional Office during the Farmers and Fisherfolk Month Celebration held in PAGRI Compound in the City of Mati, Davao Oriental.

DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Provincial Government of Davao Oriental through its Agriculture Office honored farmers and fisherfolk here for their ‘big’ contributions in the massive reduction of poverty incidence in the province during the recently held Farmers and Fisherfolk Month Celebration here.

Based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), Davao Oriental’s poverty incidence impressively plummeted down to 27 percent in 2015 from 48 percent in 2012 – resulting to a massive dent of 21 percent—the largest reduction in the region.

Provincial Agriculture Office Department Head Rotchie Ravelo attributed this feat to Davao Oriental’s farmers and fisherfolk. He said that they have not only contributed in feeding the province’s growing population but have also led in the improvement of the local economy which significantly aided in reducing poverty.

Provincial Agriculture Office Department Head Rotchie Ravelo honored Davao Oriental’s farmers and fisherfolk. He said that they have not only contributed in feeding the province’s growing population but have also led in the improvement of the local economy which significantly aided in reducing poverty.

Provincial Agriculture Office Department Head Rotchie Ravelo honored Davao Oriental’s farmers and fisherfolk. He said that they have not only contributed in feeding the province’s growing population but have also led in the improvement of the local economy which significantly aided in reducing poverty.

“Davao Oriental is no longer listed among the country’s poorest provinces which only means that we have effectively defeated poverty,” he said.

Ravelo said this as a strong indicator of the Provincial Government’s seriousness in uplifting and improving the lives of the people of Davao Oriental. He cited the flagship programs and projects initiated by Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon for the past eight years that created huge impact in improving the agriculture sector, which include the Pagkain at Kita and Agri-Business Development Program along with other complementing programs for economic development.

Because of these efforts, Ravelo said, the province received various recognitions and accolades for being the region’s leading province in terms of agriculture.

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Davao Oriental has earned the highest regional award in agriculture as the Gawad Saka Regional Champion in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, and landed among the top provinces in the country with outstanding performance in rice production and became an Agri Pinoy Rice Achiever Awardee (APRAA)in 2014 and 2015.

Meanwhile, according to a report from the Provincial Agriculture Office, Davao Oriental has been experiencing sustainable agricultural growth as it registered production increases in almost all segments of the agriculture sector.

According to Agri-Special Concerns Consultant Dashiel Indelible, Sr., who represented Governor Malanyaon during the program, Davao Oriental gained significant increases in the sufficiency levels of rice, vegetable, livestock, and fishery, among many others, which have been continuing to perform well to date.

Agri-Special Concerns Consultant Dashiel Indelible, Sr.,

Agri-Special Concerns Consultant Dashiel Indelible, Sr.,

While the Provincial Government has done its part in improving the agriculture sector, Ravelo said these developments were not achieved single-handedly by the province as they are the result of concerted efforts together with other national agencies, particularly the Department of Agriculture which poured down massive funds to aid farmers, fisherfolk and livestock raisers in the province, thus, greatly contributing to the boost.

He said that for this year, Davao Oriental is getting a huge chunk from the DA’s budget in support to agricultural infrastructure and other enterprise development such as assistance for cacao, rice, corn and other high value crops.

This support, he said, is to back the province’s initiatives that resulted to meaningful outcomes and have benefited a lot of farmers.

Ravelo cited these initiatives that has caught the national government’s interest which include the big-ticket Cateel Irrigation Project that was pushed by the governor in order to boost rice production in the province. Like all other initiative projects of the Provincial Government, this irrigation system is touted to increase production and ensure food sufficiency of the province. By KLD/ Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

 

 

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