SAN ISIDRO, Davao Oriental, 21 June (PIA)--- Planting of Cavendish banana is banned in San Isidro, Municipal Mayor Justina Yu said over the weekend.
In an interview during the 50th founding day of the municipality, Mayor Yu revealed that the Municipal Council recently passed an ordinance prohibiting the planting of Cavendish banana anywhere in the province including those turned over to small farmers through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
She wanted to spare the rare species of insects, butterflies and even plants from dying and getting extinct in later years due to pesticides and harmful chemicals that could reach through air, the Mt Hamiguitan declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
“We might be delisted eventually,” she said referring to the UNESCO inscription of Mt. Hamiguitan known for its untouched rare flora and fauna.
She revealed that agents of banana plantation companies had lobbied for permission to plant through contracts with CARP owners who, Yu said, also showed resistance to such municipal policy.
To assist CARP landowners, Yu had mobilized the farm technicians of the Municipal Government to check soil quality of lands under CARP and assist owners to make their lands productive.
Water system had been installed and that necessary land preparation had already been made, she said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Yu appealed to fellow local government leaders especially those at the provincial level to spare San Isidro from mining and to help her protect it from illegal cutting of trees and illegal fishing.
“Please leave San Isidro as your crown, your jewel. Let it not be touched by mining, by illegal cutting of trees and let our seas be untouched by illegal fishing methods,” Yu said while addressing the same message to her constituents.
She made the call based on observation that most of the towns in the province of Davao Oriental had already been accommodating mining activities. (PIA 11/Jeanevive Duron Abangan)