Agri office gets P24-M budget

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


THE City Agriculturist Office (CAO) will be working on a P24.4-million budget this year for its programs and projects, an official said.

CAO chief Rocelito T. Tabay told reporters on Tuesday that most of the 2014 budget will be spent on projects centered on agro-forestry, fisheries, cereal enhancement, and advocacy projects that are mostly under the Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries Program.

"In agro-forestry, we will be establishing 20 barangay nurseries in Marilog, Paquibato, Toril, and Calinan," he said, adding that these nurseries will be a center to procure seedlings of industrial crops and planting materials.

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He said the nurseries, each can hold up to 5,000 seedlings, will be put up to propagate industrial crops that will suit the area. CAO is also looking into propagating coffee and cacao seedlings as among the common crops for all nurseries.

They have also lined-up projects for municipal and in-land fisheries.

He said, for example, they will be purchasing boundary markers for marine protected areas in the municipal waters.

"We will also be purchasing four motorized bangkas for monitoring and around 100 non-motorized to small fishermen in their livelihood," Tabay said.

He said they will also be investing in tissue culture for cardava and lakatan and trichoderma production, a fungi used to hasten the decomposition of biodegradable materials.

They are also planning to purchase a vehicle to be used for their advocacy program in natural farming to barangays.

"We will use the van for roadshows, too wherein we will present to the farmers the latest natural farming techniques," Tabay said.

They will also be spending for the procurement of upland rice and white corn seeds that will be planted to 300 hectares of lands in the city. There will also be conducting a study for the assessment of the rice varieties available in Davao city which is set to begin on March.

"The study will assess the rice variety's palatability, eating quality, how many it can produce, and income it can generate, among others," Tabay said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 09, 2014.

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