Davao de Oro Province—Ensuring food security amidst the global crisis, the Provincial Government of Davao de Oro releases farm inputs to local farmers for early planting on rice production.
Having a responsive and proactive approach in governance, PLGU Davao de Oro established practical agricultural solutions and actions to address the possible derangement of food supply in the province.
Branching of from the “Food Security Plan of Davao de Oro for COVID-19 Health Emergency Situation”, the QTA or “Quick Turn Around Project for Rice Production” amounting to Php 5, 934,000 is one of the strategies adopted to forfend shortage of food supply in the province.
The QTA project is an early planting using high yielding hybrid and inbred rice seeds in an area covered by the National and Communal irrigation systems. Its main objectives are to produce additional rice supply avoiding shortage for the upcoming months and sustain food security in the province.
Collaborating agencies for the project were PLGU Davao de Oro, Department of Agriculture, NIA (National Irrigation Administration), PCIC (Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation) and the Municipal Local Government Units.
Interventions includes fuel for land preparation, synthetic and Bio-N fertilizers, pesticides and rice seeds.
“Dako gyud kaayo ni ug tabang sa amua. Dili nami magproblema ug semilya ug mudugang nalang mi ug gamay. Dili nami kinahanglan mupalit ug abono ug insecticide, unya dako kaayo mi ug na-save. Mas gaan gyud karun ang pag-panguma sa mga farmers tungod sa tabang sa gobyerno.” said Gina Callos, a beneficiary of the QTA.
Target of the QTA Project is to cater 1, 000 hectares of rice fields owned by a total of 727 farmers from five out of eleven municipalities of Davao de Oro. (Jasteen Abella, ID DAVAO DE ORO)