DAVAO DE ORO – Agriculture has since been the leading industry in the province of Davao de Oro, and rice production makes up a large percentage of the province’s agricultural produce each year. In its efforts to provide rice farmers in the province with proper facilities to maximize and more efficiently store their produce, the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) of Davao de Oro, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP), funded and officially turned over 5 units of newly constructed solar dryers and warehouses to cooperative led rice producing communities in Nabunturan, Laak, Compostela, and Monkayo last Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at the RPC II Complex in Maparat, Compostela, and in P1-Libasan, Nabunturan.

The turnover and ribbon cutting ceremonies were also graced by DA Secretary William Dar, who praised Davao de Oro and Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy for the projects that the PLGU has recently completed for the improvement of its agricultural industries. Mayor Chelita Amatong of Nabunturan and Mayor Lema Bolo of Compostela were also present during the ceremonies.

Rice sufficient province                                                   

In 2019, Davao de Oro was recognized as one of the seven rice sufficient provinces in the Philippines, and the PLGU aims greatly to sustain this position. Since community quarantines were imposed as effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the agriculture part of the economy was among the few that remained strong, especially as food security has become one of the province’s top priorities. The PLGU also sees agriculture as the step that can restart the province’s economy.

Solar Dryers and Warehouses

The solar dryers and warehouses that were turned over to the benefiting barangays provide our farmers with a properly designated facility to store and solar dry their harvested crops to reduce crop losses; as solar drying crops prolong its shelf life, preserve its nutritional value; and is overall a hygienic practice. The warehouses are also strategically constructed beside the dryers where they can be directly stored for supplying and delivery. These projects positively affect the province’s economy by smoothing storage processes for our farmers, reducing potential wastes, maximizing our farmer’s profits, and producing more rice for everyone.

Receiving cooperatives of the solar dryers and warehouses are the Libasan Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LIPRIMCO), Nabunturan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (NAFAMCO), Compostela Valley Irrigators Producers Cooperative (CVIPCO), Laak Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LAMCO), and the PLGU’s own Davao de Oro Farm in Monkayo.

DA Sec. Dar mentioned during his speech in the turnover ceremony that our farmers and fishermen are also frontliners, considering the hard work that they continue to exert even through the pandemic. The PLGU recognizes this as well, and in turn desires to further improve farming facilities and technologies in the province to provide our farmers with more efficient, convenient, and comfortable work and storage spaces.

PLGU-Davao de Oro to continue developing agriculture

Davao de Oro sees rice as another form of gold worthy to invest in, and Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy has much more in store for the development of agriculture in the province. During the ceremony, Gov. Tyron Uy talked about the province’s future plans to build the proposed Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) from Montevista to Monkayo, and has also asked for the DA’s assistance on the province’s continued battle against fusarium wilt in its banana plantations; considering that Davao de Oro is also the 2nd largest producer of banana in the entire Davao Region. In response, Sec. Dar assured the PLGU that the DA will continue supporting Davao de Oro in its future endeavors.  

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