NAVAL, Biliran, July 24 (PIA) — The food security and development plan of the Province of Biliran recently formulated by the eight municipal agricultural officers in coordination with the provincial agricultural office, targeted bigger production of palay, corn and fish.
This was disclosed by Governor Rogelio J. Espina of Biliran during the Laging Handa Network Briefing hosted by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar on Friday, July 24.
Governor Espina said his administration is now targeting to increase palay production to 7 metric tons per harvest per cropping from 4.8 metric tons per harvest per cropping at present.
Espina said the low palay production is mainly due to problem in irrigation system that was damaged by Typhoon Urduja in 2017 where some 1,205 hectares of rice land were affected. He also hoped this will be given attention with the request already submitted to the Office of the President.
“With the good irrigation system before, the province was able to harvest palay at 58,000 metric tons per harvest per year compared to 43,000 metric tons per harvest per year at present due to damage in irrigation brought by Typhoon Urduja,” he added.
“Kaya po naming abutin ulit yan kung mapapagawa po ang mga irigasyon. Kailangan din po ng tubig dahil po para sa napakaraming pwedeng itanim ng mga Biliranon, maliban sa mais kailangan din po ng para sa gulayan, inland fishponds para sa tilapia, napakaimportante po na maibalik ang nasirang mga irigasyon po sa amin,” said Governor Espina. The province was recognized before for its rice surplus production.
As to corn production, the provincial government also aimed to increase to 2.5 metric tons per harvest per cropping from 1.2 metric tons per harvest per cropping at present.
“Pagdating naman po sa fisheries, sa totoo lang po mayaman ang probinsya ng Biliran sapagkat kami po ay napapaligiran ng dagat, subalit kulang po kami sa fish port,” Governor Espina said.
Governor Espina also asked for the establishment of fish ports in the municipalities of Kawayan, Cabucgayan and Caibiran to pool the fish catches coming from the fishermen of the province as a way of ensuring food security in terms of fish consumption rather than fishermen sell it individually which caused the spike in the prices of fish in the market. (ldl/rsv/PIA-Biliran)