P2.7M For Livelihood Projects
In Buenavista, Guimaras
by James Earl E. Ogatis
Iloilo City – To encourage marginalized farmers to uplift their economic status, enhance their capabilities in food production and be a contributor to the countryside development, the Department of Agriculture - Bottom Up Budgeting (DA-BUB) allotted a total of Php 2.7M to be used for various livelihood projects in Buenavista, Guimaras.
According to Dr. Joyce S. Wendam, DA-Regional Technical Director and BUB focal person, the project emanates from the farmers’ association through a project proposal assisted by the municipal agriculture office.
She said that all 36 barangays of the municipality of Buenavista will receive livelihood projects like cattle raising, swine raising, native chicken production, duck raising and goat raising for livestock and poultry. While for high value crops, provision of PAKBET vegetable seeds, Calamansi seedlings, Cashew seedlings and banana suckers will be given.
Dr. Wendam stressed that the DA-organic agriculture program in coordination with the local government unit will conduct production training on livestock, poultry, and vegetable production among the identified beneficiaries.
“This is to ensure the beneficiaries are equipped with necessary technology and basic information on these interventions.” Dr. Wendam added.
Meanwhile, Mayor Eugenio G. Reyes of Buenavista, Guimaras believes the project is a big opportunity for the farmers to develop many idle lands in their respective barangays. “The municipality has also allotted a total of Php.486, 000.00 as counterpart fund for the project. We have been aggressive in prioritizing agricultural programs in our municipality for we knew of its potential and sustainability.” Mayor Reyes added.
The funds will be used to buy ready-to-breed 14 heads of cattle and 77 heads of swine; 420 hens, 84 roster for native chicken production; 120 hens and 24 roster for duck raising; 15 rams and 140 bucks for goat raising; six kilograms each for ampalaya and squash seeds, 12 kgs. of pole sitao, four kilograms each for okra and pechay and one kilogram of eggplant; 60 bags of organic fertilizer, 45 trowels, 45 spade, 45 tubs and nine containers of molasses. A total of 12,200 seedlings of calamansi, 10,500 seedlings of cashew and10,500 suckers of banana will be given to the identified first batch of beneficiaries in the 36 barangays.
To ensure sustainability of the project, first batch of beneficiaries shall pay in kind the stocks/inputs received from their respective farmer’s association on a scheme of one is to one to the next in-line beneficiaries, Mayor Reyes explained.
Reyes believes the projects will contribute to increase production of organic grown products that will compliment in the growing agri-tourism initiatives of the Buenavista, Guimaras. /MP