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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, January 25, 2019
Bago 263.8% rice sufficient in 2018

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.

The current rice sufficiency of Bago translates to 119,528 metric tons of rice production, with an average of 4.43 metric tons yield per hectare.

Neg Occ preparing to implement
agriculture development program

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.


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