Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Is Bicol ready for climate-smart agriculture?

LEGAZPI CITY—A foreign-funded program working with the Department of Agriculture is encouraging provincial governments in Bicol to support the use and development of climate-smart agriculture within the region.
Harvesting coconuts in Camarines Sur
Harvesting coconuts in Camarines Sur
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The platform, which is under the Philippine Rural Development Program, aims to increase farm outputs, raise the farmers’ income, and ultimately provide food security in a world besieged by climate change.

The program identifies which products are best suited given a province’s climate and topography. In Albay, for instance, coconut-derived products such as coco coir and virgin coconut oil are designated as its priority commodities.

In Catanduanes, the provincial government is considering either crab, abaca, or coconut, as its focus commodity.

No word is available, however, on the priority commodities of Masbate, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and Sorsogon.

Meanwhile, the DA is teaming up with other government agencies such as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, and Department of Social Welfare and Development among others to realize and facilitate the project.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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