Plan for stronger agri, fishery laid out

Gov. Dayanghirang said he hopes for the participation of all stakeholders as well as the local communities in order to further realize the goals of the province in the pursuit of a balanced agricultural growth

Gov. Dayanghirang said he hopes for the participation of all stakeholders as well as the local communities in order to further realize the goals of the province in the pursuit of a balanced agricultural growth

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Seeing agriculture and fishery as a key factor in propelling local economic growth, the Provincial Government is bent at strengthening the province’s agriculture and fishery sector.

The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAGRI) has laid out its strengthened strategic development plan during the Consultative Forum on Agriculture and Fishery Strategic Plan for 2016-2019 held at Honey’s Hotel in the City of Mati on August 23. The said plan is poised to boost the agriculture and fishery sector that will thrive in the long term.

PAGRI Head Rotchie Ravelo has listed several targets that the province hopes to achieve within the next three years. Among these targets are increasing rice production from 87,463 metric tons to 94,463 mt, expansion of rice area from 17,110 to 18,494 hectares, and increase in the production of corn from 56,068 mt to 84,378 mt, among other targets. The Provincial Agriculture also eyes at increasing vegetable production and the massive promotion of organic fertilizers in rice and corn areas.

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Considering that Davao Oriental has the region’s biggest aquaculture area and has the longest coastline, Ravelo said that the province wants to boost the province’s fishery sector and is eyeing a production increase of 50% for bangus and tilapia. While the province has the advantage of being located along the Tuna Highway, it also targets a 50% increase in the volume catch of tuna.

In addition, Davao Oriental aims to boost the agri-industry program by increasing the production of high-value crops such as cacao, banana, oil palm, abaca, and coffee. The province also plans to establish processing centers that will produce quality products, thus, increasing the value of farmers’ produce.

PAGRI Head Rotchie Ravelo lists several targets that the province hopes to achieve within the next three years.

PAGRI Head Rotchie Ravelo lists several targets that the province hopes to achieve within the next three years.

The establishment of fishery facilities such as a techno demo farm for high-value fish production and the setting up of a community fish landing complex are also being eyed.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang lauded the PAGRI in crafting a strategic agricultural plan, saying that a sound plan is very essential in order to come up with good results.  Seeing that the province has already experienced an initial burst of agricultural successes during the past administration, he said his government is bent at further strengthening its agriculture and fishery sectors.

He said that while the province is endowed with huge swathes of lands suitable for agriculture, vast fishing grounds and a perfect climate, it is fitting to tap these highly rich resources which have tremendous potential as economic drivers.

He added that the province must also be creative in finding solutions and engage in innovations and new technology to address relevant agricultural issues. This can be done by tapping outside resources that would complement the local government’s resources in putting up meaningful agricultural projects like the big-ticket Cateel Irrigation Project which was constructed during the term of Former Governor, now First District Congresswoman Corazon N. Malanyaon. Touted to make the province 100% rice sufficient, this sustainable irrigation project has been boosting the local farmers’ rice production.

Meanwhile, Gov. Dayanghirang said he hopes for the participation of all stakeholders as well as the local communities in order to further realize the goals of the province in the pursuit of a balanced agricultural growth. By Karen Lou Deloso

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