Alcala to recommend four tasks to improve agriculture
Agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala is looking at recommending four initiatives to improve the agriculture sector: the expansion of irrigation projects, farm mechanization, the construction of slaughterhouses, and the setting up of farmers real markets in cities.
Alcala has been going around the country to get feedback from stakeholders and was in Iloilo City for a forum for the entire Western Visayas region on agriculture and fishery recently. He said the agriculture department is preparing a report, with recommendations, for the next administration.
Alcala said the farming sector in Western Visayas developed rapidly in the past five and a half years because of the close collaboration among rice farmers, the local government units, and the agriculture department. In a statement, the agriculture department said Western Visayas produces 19 percent more rice than it consumes, exporting its excess to other regions, and is the third biggest producer of rice in the country.
Some 3,000 farmers, fisher folk, and local government representatives attended the forum.
The statement said Passi City Mayor Jesry Palmares thanked the agriculture department for the farm implements, production inputs, the agricultural tramline system installed in barangay Alimono, and the construction of a 28-kilometer farm to market road connecting Passi to San Rafael, Iloilo and Capiz. Palmares said the farm to market growth supported the growth of agriculture in Passi.
The statement said the MACABITU Irrigators Association of Oton, Iloilo also expressed gratitude for the irrigation projects in their locale. The MACABITU Irrigators Association were among the first recipients of the agriculture department’s Farm Service Provider program in 2012. (By: Eileen A. Mencias)