THE Davao City Agriculturist Office (CAO) has already conducted more than half of its target trainings for farmers for the first semester of the year.
However, Roselio Tabay, City Agriculturist, said in an interview that they are still not finished with the materials to be purchased for the farmers because of the pending funds from the Department on Agriculture (DA) under the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) formerly called Bottoms-Up Budgeting (BUB).
"Generally, ang atong na-complete sa first semester of this year in terms of services, particularly in conducting trainings, except those materials to be purchased. We are now half of the target or more than that and daghan man gud tag na charge nato didto sa atoang Bottoms-Up-Budgeting or BUB...," Tabay said.
The overall project of the CAO under the GPB is a total of P29 million wherein the P19 million will be coming from the DA and the P10 million will be from them.
One of the pending projects under the GPB, according to Tabay, is the cacao farming facilities.
Tabay said they are planning to establish a nursery for each barangay in Paquibato and Marilog districts, and a huge part of their budget for purchasing the materials is under the GPB.
He said they are targeting 25 barangays comprised of 13 villages from Paquibato district and 12 from Marilog district with a budget of 10,000 per nursery for each barangay.
CAO targets to establish the nursery for each barangay and purchase 80,000 cacao seedlings this year.
Tabay said they have distributed 9,000 compact pieces of cacao to 80 farmers at Sitio Upian, Marilog District last June.
"Mao ni akong ingun na na-tangong ta dinhi sa pag-transfer sa funds sa Department of Agriculture kay dili man nato magasto to ang atong counterpart (This is what I said about being stuck here in the transferring of funds of the Department of Agriculture because we cannot spend the counterpart)," Tabay said.
Tabay said he will continue to follow up the funds with the DA that was supposed to be released last month and will check on the legality if they can spend their counterpart in order to start purchasing the needed materials.