Tagum mayor to focus on agriculture-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
TAGUM City Mayor Allan L. Rellon vowed to focus on programs that will boost the city's agricultural and fisheries sector.
"The agricultural sector comprises 60 percent of the city's income. We are currently in the process of strengthening our agricultural and fisheries," he said in Friday's edition of Kapehan sa Abreeza held at Abreeza Mall.
For the fishing sector, he said, they are continuing with artificial reef program in five to six coastal barangays where they have strengthened the city's Bantay Dagat program to increase fish production.
He said they are also exploring and promoting the soft shell crab production in the southern parts of the city, adding that they have been given a grant by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to develop the technology in a demonstration farm.
As for the agricultural sector they are providing free fertilizers to the farmers.
"We decided now to provide free agricultural seedlings -- fruit crops, vegetables and sweet corn -- and fertilizers to our farmers," Rellon said.
They have received a P10 million grant from the National Meat Inspection Service for a slaughter house that will also serve as a training facility for the city's butchering program.
He plans to expand the Gulayan sa Paaralan program to the purok and barangay levels. He hopes that households will have their own “gulayan.”
"In my administration, we will focus on sectoral gulayan," Rellon said.
Once the gulayan reaches the barangay, his administration will encourage these households to sell their crops in the public market.
"With this project, there is no need to bring in crops from other places. This will also ensure food security among the city's constituent," he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 31, 2013.