The University of Baguio, through its supportive administration, is the first identified mega - site under the Baguio City's Vaccination Action Plan. On Monday, it also hosted the first vaccination simulation program led by the City Health Services Office. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong assures the city government's readiness with Vaccination Action Plan and Operation Center and enough manpower in place. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Higher Education Institutions offering medicine and allied health programs may now open limited face-to-face classes according to Commission on Higher Education - CAR Director Danilo Bose (second left). (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

BFAR-CAR Regional Director Lilibeth Signey turned over solar-powered venturi aeration system to the fisherfolks in Barangay Santa Filomena in Calanasan to officials led by Sangguniang Bayan Member Kyle Mariah Bulut, Municipal Agriculturist Luisa Magna and fisherfolk Loreto Asuncion. BFAR-CAR photos

The Big Kettle is a new come on of the Polig's Berry Farm in Ambassador, Tublay in Benguet. It is one of the tourist attractions opened even during the General Community Quarantine. (photo courtesy of the Polig's Berry Farm)

Dinalupihan aims to be a model agropolis in Central Luzon

DINALUPIHAN, Bataan, Feb.20 (PIA) -- Dinalupihan town eyes to be a model agropolis in Central Luzon.

Mayor Maria Angela Garcia said they are currently implementing the high value crops diversification and modernization program for clustered small rice farmers thru the 1Bataan Agricultural Innovation and Technology Center (1Bataan AITC).
“This project aims a fruitful harvest, generate higher income and improve lives of farmers as Dinalupihan aspires to be a model agropolis not only in the province but in Central Luzon as well,” the official said during Friday’s visit of Agriculture Secretary William Dar in one of the pilot farms of 1Bataan AITC.
1Bataan AITC is a public-private partnership between the provincial government and Israeli company Agrilever.
Planted crops in the 10 pilot farms include watermelon, chili, tomato and eggplant. They are expected to harvest by the end of February with a target yield of 40 tons.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar (4th from right) visits one of the pilot farms of 1Bataan Agriculture Innovation and Technology Center. (DA)

Garcia hopes that there will be convergence of different agencies to replicate this model within this next drying season in October with a minimum roll out in 100 hectares of clusters of small rice farmers within Bataan.
She said the municipal government needs access to post harvest facilities, shared common services, world class trading post, farm to market roads, and drainage systems in order to complete the ecosystem of agriculture value chain.
For his part, Agrilever Israel Director Aharon Shmuel presented improvements of the pilot farms under 1Bataan AITC using  modern technologies like drip irrigation and weather station predicting possible rainfalls and how helpful it is to the farmers, the province, as well as the market.
“From 10 pilot farms in Dinalupihan, we plan to expand more by reaching 1,000 farms using modern technology. We start small but we dream big,” he shared. (CLJD/CASB-PIA 3)

By Camille Anne S. Bartolome




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Mt. Province

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  • Suspension of work at Mt. Province PLGU offices extended until Jan. 29

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr.  ordered the extension of the suspension of work in the provincial government offices   due to the increasing   COVID-19 cases and the detection of the UK variant of the COVID-19 in this capital town.






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