A 10,000 hectares vegetable area will soon open in Bukidnon
A vegetable farm area with a size of 10,000 hectares will soon open in Talakag, Bukidnon, something that the Department of Agriculture (DA) has vowed to put its resources, funding, and technical support into.
For the venture, a private seeds and high value vegetable production company Harbest owned by businessman Arsenio “Toto” Barcelona will be engaged by the DA to undertake the training and education of farmers in modern technology.
“The discovery of the vast area with potentials for vegetable production happened two weeks ago when a group of vegetable farmers from the town participated in the TienDA Bohol Fish Market launching in Tagbilaran City,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.
“Passing by the booth of the farmers where they sold large Broccolis and Lettuce heads as large as Cabbages, I was amazed at the quality of vegetables that they were selling,” he added.
The farmers then told Piñol that they are presently cultivating about 1,000 hectares for vegetables and asked for DA’s help in expanding their operations to an estimated 10,000 hectares.
Talakag is a remote mountain town of Bukidnon near the boundary of Lanao del Sur where roads have just been opened.
“In response to the request of the farmers, I have directed Undersecretary for High Value Crops Evelyn Laviña, Undersecretary for Agribusiness Gabriel La Viña and Director Carlene Collado of DA Region 10 to deliver the needed support and inputs,” Piñol said.
As a start, small tractors with rotavators will be dispatched to the area to immediately start the development of the new vegetable farms.