Tabuk City LGU urges farmers to support MANA

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, July 24 (PIA) -- Farmers in this rice-producing city are urged by this City Agriculture Office to support the Maunlad na Agrikultura sa Nayon (MANA) as it assured the opening of 1,500 additional hectares of rice fields.

 

City Agriculturist Julibert Aquino said they have submitted a proposal to the Department of Agriculture for an integrated farming system (IFS) worth P20 million for support services particularly on water supply to irrigate identified areas.

If approved,it will be piloted in the barangays of Nambucayan, Magnao and Guilayon.These barangays are among “CULASA BABAGO SA GUINAMMA” 10 poorest given priority attention by the city government.

Under MANA, they will be provided small water impounding projects, solar pump, wind mill, or diversion dam, which ever is applicable in the area, to irrigate newly opened rice fields.

“The three barangays will be treated as special area on food production through farming which under an IFS system will include poultry raising and fishery,” Aquino said adding that social validation is on-going in said areas.

He said the sloping agricultural land technology and contour farming will also be re-introduced to farmers to control forest denudation and soil erosion as a result of hills and mountains being turning into corn production areas.

MaNA is a special project that aims to support and provide agricultural investments and services to empower more farmers and fisherfolk. One of its component is the “ identification of potential one million rice expansion area, rehabilitation of existing irrigation facilities and provision of appropriate irrigation system to rice rainfed areas.”

In another development, Aquino said the City Agriculture Office, in collaboration with the DA regional office, is pursuing alternate cropping particularly mongo as alternate for rice during water cut-off.She said they will provide farmers 20 kilos of mongo to plant a hectare.

Upland farmers are also encouraged to engage in pepper and ginger production, two high value crops now in demand in the market. (PIA Kalinga)

 

EL Kikasa

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