THE Municipality of Valladolid in Negros Occidental was awarded Tuesday as one of the outstanding rice municipalities and cities in the Philippines during the 2016 Rice Achievers Awards of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
During the rites held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, Valladolid was the only local government unit in Negros Island Region (NIR) and Western Visayas recognized in search initiated by the DA’s Agricultural Training Institute.
DA-NIR Regional Director Joyce Wendam, who joined the delegation from Negros Occidental, said Valladolid was recognized because of the improvement in its yield and huge contribution to local rice production.
Valladolid Mayor Enrique Miravalles was joined by Wendam and Acting Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino in receiving the P1-million check and trophy from Agriculture Undersecretaries Segfredo Serrano Ariel Cayanan and Ranibae Dilangaren.
Wendam said Valladolid had an average yield of 4.8 tons per hectare in 2016, higher than its yield in the previous years.
In total volume production, Valladolid produced 705,483 bags or 31,746.73 metric tons last year, with area planted for two and a half cropping seasons of 6,655 hectares.
“This is the first time that a municipality from the youngest region in the country won a national award in the field of agriculture development,” Wendam said.
Other awardees were Luna in Apayao, Solsona in Ilocos Norte, Santiago City in Isabela, Victoria in Tarlac, Pila in Laguna, Paluan in Occidental Mindoro, Ligao City in Albay, Talibon in Bohol, Hinundayan in Southern Leyte, Bayog in Zamboanga del Sur, Lala in Lanao del Norte, Hagonoy in Davao del Sur, Lambayong in Sultan Kudarat, and Prosperidad in Agusan del Sur. (EPN with reports from PNA)