Agriculture still a thriving in industrialize Cavite
Agriculture is still very much alive in Cavite despite the industrialization of the province with farmlands accounting for 60,654.67 hectares, an official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the province said on Wednesday.
Eda F. Dimapilis, the chief of DA Cavite’s Agriculture Program Coordinating Office (APCO), said based on the 2017 Municipal Agricultural Profile, Cavite’s agricultural area is distributed among the province’s seven districts, although larger parts of Districts 1 to 6 are allotted to non-agricultural purposes.
Dimapilis said Cavite’s District 7 has bigger agricultural lands compared with the area for non-agricultural uses.
District 7 is comprised of the towns of Alfonso, General Emilio Aguinaldo, Indang, Magallanes, Maragondon, Mendez, Naic and the city of Tagaytay, with a total agricultural land area of 39,952.43 hectares compared with the 29,171.57 hectares allotted to non-agricultural purposes.
The province has about 27,778 farmers and 4,452 fishermen and the DA supports them as part of its ongoing banner programs on rice, livestock, corn and cassava, and organic and high-value crops development.
\Under the rice banner program, the agriculture department has distributed various farm machineries particularly on the rice mechanization program, such as rice transplanter, rice reaper, floating tiller, rice thresher, hand tractor, combined harvester walk-behind, mini-four wheel drive tractor, rice mill, portable rice mill and shallow tube well.
Dimapilis also said they have provided various interventions under the high-value commercial development program, such as distribution of coffee depulper, farm tractor, pump irrigation system for open source (Posos), greenhouse, multi-tilling machine, calamansi and lanzones seedlings, vermicast, garden tools, seedling tray, double lining net, polythelene plastic sheet, muriate of Potash – 0-0-60, plastic crates and Urea – 46-0-0.
Other accomplishments include the distribution of shredder machine, garden tools, vermin tea brewer, knapsack sprayer, and organic fertilizer for its organic banner program.
Cassava grater, vacuum pack sealer, corn tractor, hammer mill, corn planter, moisture meter, mechanical sheller, cassava tractor, cassava digger, cassava granulator, pump and engine set for STW cassava chipper were given to cassava farmers while a farmer field school for corn farmers was put up under the corn banner program.
Cattle dispersal and multiplier farm project are among the interventions under the Livestock banner program.
The DA is also constantly coordinating and forging linkages with local government units for the development of their locality’s agricultural plans and programs. (PNA)