THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental has allocated P4.2 million for the implementation of Sustainable Agri-Livestock Technology Training and Extension Program (Salt) in partnership with the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) and the Negros Island Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Foundation (Nisard).
The Provincial Board, during its regular session Wednesday, approved the resolution authorizing Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to enter into a memorandum of agreement with UPLB and Nisard for the program implementation.
Fourth District Board Member Victor Javellana, chairman of committee on food and agriculture, said the program will benefit farmers in all 31 local government units (LGUs) in the province.
Javellana said the program, with an implementation period of one year, mainly includes researches and trainings on tissue culture for banana and on production of various livestock animals.
The province already has a structure at Barangay La Granja in La Carlota City to be used as program site, Javellana said, adding that “the province’s counterpart will also include the funding while the researches and trainings will be conducted by UPLB and Nisard.”
Of the total fund allocated, P2 million will be sourced out from the 20 percent Provincial Development Fund and the remaining P2.4 million will come from grants and donations.
“This program is seen to really help boost the local livestock industry as well as in improving the province’s banana sector as one of the priority-commodities of Negros Occidental,” Javellana added.