The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist will gather agriculture stakeholders in a summit on January 31 to finalize a roadmap for various commodities in Negros Occidental for 2019-2022.
Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday they are still finalizing the commodities they want to have a roadmap, which are divided into crops, livestock, and non-forest products.
“These commodities, if approved by the stakeholders, will have a roadmap on how to propagate it and we will hear their suggestions on improving it,” Masculino said.
The event is expected to be attended by farmers, planters, and various representatives from government agencies and the academe, he said.
Masculino said the roadmap aims to diversify the agricultural commodities of the province, apart from its sugarcane monocrop industry.
This plan hopes to give the farmers knowledge on how to identify the market for every commodity and provide them the technology to propagate it, he added.
Meanwhile, OPA is now consolidating the rice production in rice producing local government units in Negros Occidental to calculate the rice sufficiency of the province last year.
Masculino said they are crosschecking various towns and cities to verify the accuracy of the data they received from them.
In 2017, rice sufficiency was at 94 percent and OPA conducted various programs to attain a 100 percent sufficiency last year.*
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