The Capitol will continue to provide equipment for programs involved in the improvement and progress of the agricultural sector.
The goal is to achieve the food security agenda of Gov. Hilario P. Davide III for the entire province.
In 2017, P19.3 million was spent for agri-machinery and building of agricultural facilities.
Of this amount, more than P10 million was allocated for farming equipment while another P6.3 million was allotted for dairy and meat safety equipment.
The remaining P2.6 million was spent for agricultural facilities.
“Our farmers put food on our tables. It is but right to extend all types of support that they need to make sure that they yield good harvest,” said Davide.
More than 260,000 seedlings of cacao, corn, sweet potato, jackfruit and other vegetables as well as fertilizers were handed to farmers, local government units and schools to fulfill the food security agenda.
Part of the agenda is the series of trainings conducted under the Farmer Scientists’ Training Program (FSTP). FSTP trains farmers the scientific methods to increase their harvest within three phases.
This year, a total of 2,426 farmer-scientists graduated. Of this number, 1,346 farmers were able to complete Phase 3, which means that they are qualified to teach other farmers.
The Fishermen Scientists’ Training Program (FishSTP) was also launched this year where 35 fisherfolks from Argao completed the first phase of the program.
Similar to the FSTP, FishSTP is also divided into three phases.
During the Harvest Day ceremony last October 14, Gov. Davide alongside Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Roldan Saragena and Argao Mayor Stanley Caminero led the harvest of more than one ton of bangus, danggit and kitong.
In 2016, two farm-to-market roads (FMRs) were completed in Tudela and Tuburan towns. The two roads has a total cost of P30 million spanning 1.5 kilometers.
More FMRs are being constructed to ensure safe and smooth travel of farmers’ crops to the market.
Next year, close to P200 million has been allocated by the Capitol for agricultural projects.