DA-10 distributes farm inputs to the rice farmers of Valencia City, Buk’non.
VALENCIA CITY, BUKIDNON, October 29 – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) distributed rice seeds and fertilizer amounting to P90.45 million to rice farmers of Valencia City, Bukidnon, in time for the dry planting season.
Of the total amount, P67.64 million worth of said agri inputs comprises 700 bags of inbred seeds at 40 kilos per bag, and 13,305 bags of hybrid rice seeds, with each bag containing 15 (for private hybrid) or 18 kilos ( for public hybrid) of seeds.
Complementing the handover of rice seeds, 22,805 bags of inorganic fertilizers costing P22.805 million were also distributed.
For every hectare, a farmer can receive 1 bag of high quality seed and 3 bags of fertilizer for hybrid and 2 bags for inbred.
Around 4K rice farmers will benefit from the said agri inputs from the 26 barangays of the said town.
Chona H. Nacalaban, DA-RFO 10 Rice program focal person said, that the agency continues to pursue initiatives anchored on its battlecry, “Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita”, which envisions smallholder Filipino farmers to become more prosperous by doubling their incomes.
Valencia City known as the ‘City of Golden Harvest’ has an estimated 10,000 hectares planted to rice, which is a quarter of the 40,000-hectare rice production area of Bukidnon, and with an average yield of more or less 5 tons per hectare.
“The provincial government supports to further improve rice productivity and its adequacy levels. Of which, can be boosted by the combined outcomes of government interventions and continued strong partnerships with farmer-groups, rice industry stakeholders, and local government units (LGUs),” Bukidnon Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Jacqueline Julia A. Lagamon remarked.
Rebecca Caro, president of Kahaponan Valencia City Irrigators Association, Inc, one of the benefitting 35 farmer-associations citywide shared, “Malaki ang pasasalamat namin sa mga binigay ng DA sa amin, malaking tulong ito lalo na ngayon na may pandemiya at tumataas ang mga bilihin lalo na ang abono. Ang mataas naming produksiyon ay dahil sa mga makinarya, training, tamang binhi at irigasyon na binigay ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno ilalaim sa DA bilang suporta dito sa Bukidnon.”
Representing Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado were DA-10 rice focal person Nacalaban with Provincial Operations Center Chief for Bukidnon Dr. Janet D. Lopez in coordination with local government of Valencia City through its City Agriculture Office.# (JCAnito)