Defensor aims to focus on agricultural development this 2022

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Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. promised to assist the agricultural sector in 2022.

He intended to focus on helping the agriculture sector this year, as it could help increase inputs and lower prices without the need for dole-outs, said Defensor.

He cited smaller irrigation systems for areas that cannot be serviced by the National Irrigation Administration’s assets. (

The provincial government will work with the Department of Agriculture to improve crop yields, according to him.

“Without talking of economic programs, we want to be able to help in smaller irrigation projects like pump irrigation, small water impounding, and communal irrigation systems,” Defensor said in a radio interview.

These irrigation projects can help small farmers who cannot be reached by our regional irrigation systems, he furthered.

The governor is also eyeing to boost agricultural tourism in the province to make smaller farms more sustainable.

“Our focus on agri-tourism, especially for smaller farms so that they would no longer rely on subsidies but on added value for the farms and their crops. We will develop that at the beginning of the year. We don’t want our people to simply rely on what is being given to them, especially in agriculture,” said Defensor.