DA allocates P10M to develop Tawi-Tawi’s cassava industry
The Department of Agriculture will allocate P10 million to develop the cassava industry of this province.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Monday made the announcement as he visited the public market of this municipality and checked the farm and marine products being sold by farmers and fisher folks.
Piñol, in his interaction with local farmers, was informed that they manually grate the cassava used to make a delicacy locally known as pangi, sold in markets here.
“We have the money. We will fund it (cassava industry),” Piñol told the Philippine News Agency.
Bongao Mayor Jimuel Que, who accompanied Piñol to the market, said there is huge supply of cassava since vast tracks of land in this province are planted to such crop.
The DA chief said the PHP10 million fund will be used to purchase tractors and graters as well as planting materials to boost the local cassava production.
Piñol arrived here Monday and distributed PHP3.28 million worth of livelihood support projects to local farmers and fisher folks.
BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona accompanied the DA chief in his visit to this province.
They also held a dialogue with the local fisher folks and farmers to determine their other needs. (PNA)