THE Department of Agriculture (DA)-Northern Mindanao has released P6 million to fund four of the six agricultural projects of the Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB).
According to Assistant City Agriculturist Bart Fuentes of Agricultural Productivity Office, the P6-million budget will be allocated to the four agricultural projects such as post-harvest facilities, which includes two corn shellers and a collapsible dryer; boar-stud artificial insemination center; community-based livestock production; and community-based vegetable production.
Fuentes said the farmers in Cagayan de Oro City will be receiving 200 pigs, adding that these farmers will also be the beneficiaries of the boar-stud artificial insemination center which will be established in Manresa Farm.
He also said that 200 farmers will also be receiving irrigation drip kit and vegetable seeds, and the two corn sheller and the collapsible dryer will be placed in Barangay Pigsag-an to be used by the farmers in the said barangay.
According to Jordan Ian Apat, City Poverty Reduction Action Center officer-in-charge, the six agricultural projects proposed to and approved by the Department of Agriculture (DA) amounted to an estimated P22 million.
Apat said these projects, which were proposed and approved in 2015, are not yet established as of present as the requirements were not yet finished.
"Once na meron nang release, merong (Once there's a release of funds, there will be a) certification of available funds. After that certification is released, procurement process na yung gagawin, tapos (will be conducted, then) after the procurement process which will take around a month, so doon magsisimula ang projects (that's the time we can start the projects)," Apat said.
The City Poverty Reduction Action Center officer-in-charge added that the P6 million given by the DA is the last one.
"Na completo na ang releases (The releases are already complete). Kasi yung (Because the) P6 million that was the initial, I think the rest, I think its released already," Apat said.
Apat assured that the projects, which will benefit the farmers of the city, will be done as soon as possible and after the procurement process, which will include the bidding process.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 18, 2018.