Nueva Vizcaya receives P17M agri-fishery projects

FARMERS and local officials in Nueva Vizcaya will benefit from the P17 million (M)-worth of agriculture and fishery projects to develop the province as a major producer of upland or ‘chopsuey’ vegetables and other high value crops.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala handed over farm equipments and inputs to farmer organizations and local officials who attended the Agri-Pinoy Stakeholders Forum in Brgy. Besong, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya on August 7, 2012.

About 1,000 farmers and ruralfolk attended  the forum.

For Kayapa alone, DA-Region 2 allotted P4.2M agricultural projects which include: P1M diversion dam project; P1M small farm reservoir; P1M rain shelter materials; P620, 950 for the coffee planting project with coffee dehuller, roasting machine, cooking table and coffee blender; P250, 000 for two units of multipurpose drying pavements (MPDP); P200, 000 for one unit palay shed; and P167, 000 worth of 11 units pressurized irrigation system (PIS).

DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources turned over 100,000 pieces of tilapia fingerlings and elvers worth P500, 000 and a fishcage livelihood project worth P200, 000.

In addition, Alcala also committed P5M for farm-to-market road (FMR) project and a vegetable truck for the municipality­­­.

Through the DA’s rice program, 14 other municipalities received small farm reservoir (SFR) projects: Dupax del Norte (15 units-P600,000); Dupax del Sur (20 units-P800,000); Bambang (20 units-P800,000); Sta. Fe (10 units-P400,000; Alfonso Castaneda (15 units-P600,000); Ambaguio (20 units P800,000); Aritao (20 units for P800,000); Bagabag  (20 units P800,000); Bayombong (10 units-P400,000); Diadi (20 units-P800,000); Kasibu (20 units-P800,000); Quezon (10 units- P400,000); Solano (10 units-P400,000); and Villaverde (20 units-P800,000).

Alcala also turned over mini rice thresher for barangays San Fabian and Tubungan.

He assured the farmers and local officials  that the Aquino government through the DA will provide them with needed support to transform the town into a major producer of upland vegetables.

He allotted five scholarship slots, under the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, for highschool graduates who want to pursue agriculture-related courses.

He also raffled off several farm implements and inputs to farmer-participants.

Alcala also inaugurated two agricultural tramlines, a vegetable packing house, MPDP, greenhouse and a techno-demo farm.

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