Cebu earmarks P200M for agri projects projects in 2018; Para maraming pangkain
To ensure food security in 2018, Cebu’s provincial government has allocated some P200 million for agricultural projects.
Also, the provincial government said it is eyeing the construction of more farm-to-market roads to ensure the safe transport of farm produce to markets.
“Our farmers put food on our tables. It is but right to extend all types of support that they need to make sure that they yield good harvest,” said Governor Hilario Davide III.
The provincial government said it will continue to provide equipment for programs involved in the improvement and progress of the agricultural sector (http://www.cebu.gov.ph/news/food-security-program-intensified/).
Last year, the provincial government spent P19.3 million for agri-machinery and the establishment of agricultural facilities.
Of this, more than P10 million went to acquiring farming equipment and P6.3 million for dairy and meat safety equipment. P2.6 million went to agricultural facilities.
Meanwhile, some 260,000 seedlings of cacao, corn, sweet potato, jackfruit and other vegetables along with fertilizers were handed to farmers, local government units and schools.
The provincial government also held trainings under the Farmer Scientists’ Training Program, which uses scientific methods to increase harvest output in three phases.
Of the 2,426 farmer-scientists who graduated in 2017, 1,346 farmers completed Phase 3, meaning they are qualified to teach other farmers.
Also in 2017, the Fishermen Scientists’ Training Program was launched, with 35 fisherfolk from Argao completing the first phase of the program.
Meanwhile, two farm-to-market roads were completed in Tudela and Tuburan towns in 2016, costing P30 million and spanning 1.5 kilometers.