Cacao, coffee farmers in ComVal get fertilizer support
Cacao and coffee farmers in Compostela Valley Province received fertilizer support from President Rodrigo Duterte through the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the provincial government.
The information office of Compostela Valley said on Monday that a total of 2,760 sacks of fertilizers were distributed by Gov. Jayvee Tyrone Uy to more than 200 cacao and coffee farmers in the province.
The distribution of fertilizers is a component of the strengthened “Technology Demonstration for Productivity Enhancement of Existing Coffee and Cacao Trees Rehabilitation Program” that is being implemented by Malacañang through the agriculture department, the press statement added.
Seedlings of cacao and coffee were also distributed to the farmers with the aim of increasing the production of said high-value crops in the province.
Uy also wanted to help cacao and coffee farmers increase their production and income, the statement added.
The distribution of fertilizers and seedlings is also being facilitated by the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAGRO) of Compostela Valley headed by Dr. Rolando Simene.
High-Value Commercial Crops Development Division Chief Minda Agarano said the distribution of seedlings and fertilizers would continue as more farmers in Compostela Valley were now willing to go into high-value crops production.
The first recipients of fertilizers and seedlings late last week were the farmers from Montevista town where 660 sacks of fertilizers were released.
Montevista Mayor Eutropio Jayectin expressed gratitude to Gov. Uy, DA-11 and PAGRO for the support to the farmers in his municipality.
Jayectin said the distribution of seedlings allow farmers to expand their cacao and coffee areas and increase their production and income.
PAGRO and DA-11 will schedule the distribution of fertilizers and seedlings in other towns, the statement added. (PNA)