CATEEL, Davao Oriental, Oct 28 (PIA) Agriculture Undersecretary Emerson Palad assured to boost the use of the newly-inaugurated dam in Barangay Aragon with the provision of certified palay seeds, farm-to-market roads and bridges.
He said government is not only looking to boost the rice production but also the certainty that the products reach the market on time and will benefit both the farmers and consumers.
“We will add more certified seeds to the province to increase the yield from the average of three to five and six tons per hectare. Infrastructure projects like farm-to-market roads and bridges will follow immediately to boost the rice production,” Palad said.
Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyon urged rice farmers to maximize the use of the P289.5 Billion dam in Barangay Aragon by cleaning the waterways to ensure continuous flow of water to the rice paddies.
She said the dam will ensure the continued cropping of rice in two of the three towns hardest hit by typhoon Pablo in December 4, 2012 namely Cateel and Baganga.
11 barangays of Cateel will be benefited by the water system brought about by the dam inaugurated by the government with the representatives from the World Bank, Mindanao Rural Development Program and the Department of Agriculture.
Malanyaon said several coconut producers are shifting to rice production due to the certainty of water supply with the new dam in Barangay Aragon.
“The new dam will boost our rice sufficiency as we exert more effort to rehabilitate areas hit by the typhoon in 2012,” she said. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)