Bago City, the rice granary of Negros Occidental, attained a 263-percent rice sufficiency in 2018, City Agriculturist, Carlito Indencia, said yesterday.
Indencia told the DAILY STAR that the rice sufficiency of Bago reached 263.82 percent last year, an increase of about 35 percent compared to 228 percent in 2017.
Neg Occ preparing to implement
agriculture development program
BY MARK L. GARCIA
The Negros Occidental provincial government is preparing to implement the Negros First Provincial Agriculture Development Program (Negros First PADP), to boost its diversification program and break away from the sugarcane monocrop.
A statement from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist quoted Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. as saying that many Negrenses are already suffering from the impact of the sugar crisis. With this program, the province aims to enhance the productivity of farmers by producing other crops apart from sugarcane.
In the statement, he also highlighted a move to adopt sugar liberalization that is expected to be enacted as law this year, and will result to lifting sugar importation limits and modify, or even abolish, the Sugar Regulatory Administration.