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By: Victor B. Dacanay, PITO,LU

In celebration of this year’s Farmers and Fisherfolk Month with the theme “Rice Sufficiency thru Technology Promotion,” the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist led this month’s PGLU flag raising ceremony at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, San Fernando City, La Union on May 4, 2009.

Chief Agriculturist Edmund Quinit, who is also the Regional Rice Banner Coordinator from the Department of Agricultlure-Regional Field Unit 1 (DA-RFU1, was the guest of honor and speaker. In his speech, he praised the men of the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) under the leadership of Gov. Manuel C. Ortega, for having attained a rice production growth rate of 7.19 % which is the highest in the Ilocos Region for CY 2008 (150,860 metric tons in 2007 to 161,709 metric tons in 2008).

According to the rice technocrat, the repair and rehabilitation of the communal and national irrigation systems, which increased our rice production areas from 35,176 hectares to 36,961 hectares and the efficient implementation of our agricultural development programs by committed and supportive LGUs, other line agencies and bureaus, Non-Government Organizations, and the private sectors, have attributed to the increase in rice production. “ Farmers from the province of La Union are very fortunate because they have leaders in the government who are all staunch advocates of agricultural development,” he added

Earlier, Provincial Agriculturist Avelino A. Lomboy, in his opening remarks, stated that La union farmers could further increase our rice production as there are still idle lands waiting to be tilled and planted with rice and that almost one half of our irrigation systems are still in need of repair and rehabilitation. “We should fully implement the FIELDS (Fertilizer, Irrigation, Education, Loans, Dryers & Seeds) program which is PGMA’s banner program in agriculture” he added.

Lomboy also discussed OPAg’s fishery program for 2009 which is focused on upland and inland fishery development programs particularly on tilapia and fresh water shrimp culture. He further stressed the need for an efficient environmental waste management and the proper use of fertilizers and chemicals, as they affect the environment especially water beds.

In a related event which was held at the Diego Silang Hall later in the morning, the OPAg in collaboration with the DA-RFU1 launched the Rice Techno Demo Cum Palay-check in a Technical Briefing which was conducted for the Techno Demo Implementers of La Union. The group is composed of 23 Farmer Cooperators, 19 Supervising Technicians and 15 Municipal Agriculturists. It aims to promote latest farming technology available in hybrid and inbred rice production; improve the capability of technicians and farmers on localizing technology; utilize latest rice production technology as a new approach for increased rice productions; and attain rice self sufficiency within the principles of comparative advantage.

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