The Department of Agriculture through the Corn Program is extending its support to the farmers in Ifugao to rehabilitate their acidic corn areas through the application of soil ameliorates.
Engr. Edilberto V. Santiago, Corn Program Staff, said that the department have provided 320 bags of lime intended for the rehabilitation of thirty two (32) hectares of acidic corn areas in the municipalities of Alfonso List and aguinaldo.
The Department of Agriculture – Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) through its High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) and Livestock Program awarded 3.2 million worth of farm equipment and animals to farmers from the different municipalities in Benguet.
Among the farm equipment and animals given were 10 power hand tractors, 15 power sprayers, 30 rain shelters, 30 knapsack sprayers, 300 sets of garden tools, 13 heads of carabao, 72 heads of native pigs and 27 sets of rabbits( 4 females & 1 male) with cage were given.
Potato growers can now improve on their production and livelihood as technologies on producing quality planting materials are introduced and transferred to them through trainings.
The Department of Agriculture through its High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) and the Northern Philippine Root Crops Research and Training Center (NPRCRTC) is currently conducting hands-on training on the rapid multiplication of quality planting materials of recommended potato varieties for potato farmers from Benguet and Mountain Province.
Aside from improving on production, multiplying quality planting materials is seen to help the farmers on their livelihood.
“In everything we do, we always have to look at the good things- it’s just a matter of perspective.”
This was the word of encouragement that Jose C. Reaño USEC for Operations (Livestock) shared during the Department of Agriculture Livestock Program (DA-LP) 1st Quarter Performance Review and Planning Conference.
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