The provincial government said it will pilot test a plan to fertilize Palawan’s acidic soil using agri-lime to improve its quality for agricultural production.
Governor Jose C. Alvarez, during a dialogue with farmers in Narra held by agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol this week, said he wants the project pilot tested in Quezon and Narra towns.
“Mag-pilot tayo ng lupa sa Quezon na yun ang titingnan natin, lalagyan natin ng lime, para maibalik ang kanyang fertility,” Alvarez said.
Governor Alvarez said there are studies showing there are areas in the province whose farmlands are already acidic.
“Kung acidic ang lupa nyo maglagay na lang ng lime, meron akong ready na mga lime at pwede ko yung ibigay sa inyo,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez added they have processed dehydrated lime which can be used for fertilizing the land to restore its productive capacity.
He also said that farmers need not worry about any financial obligation.
“Ang importante ay mabalik lang na maging productive uli ang inyong lupa,” Gov. Alvarez said.
He told farmers that he will also seek technical assistance from the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) and Department of Agriculture regarding the matter.