The provincial agriculture office is aiming for a 120% increase in the province’s rice supply in 2018 by prioritizing its production together with all agriculture products to ensure its sustainability.
Jane Buenaobra, acting provincial agriculturist, said that for the next year the province should increase its rice sufficiency level from of 105 percent in 2016.
In 2015, the rice sufficiency rate reached up to 130% and became lower in 2016 because of the severe drought that affects almost all agri products.
“Dapat talaga 100% lang pero sa atin we are targeting 120% sufficiency rate para ‘yun hindi talaga tayo mag-iimport, para maensure na hindi talaga magkukulang ‘yung magexceed pa tayo,” she said.
She also said that agriculture products serve as one of the livelihood sources of the Palaweῆos.
As a preparation for the next years’ plan, the OPA will hold its first Provincial Rice Summit on October 11-12 at Aziza Paradise Hotel, which aims to increase the rice sufficiency level and to address the issue in rice production in Palawan in anticipation of the drought season and the pest problem.
The summit expects to have more than 250 participants from the municipal mayors, administrators, planning and development, agriculturist, extension workers, rice report officers, private traders and millers and farmers association representatives.
“For now, maganda naman ang production kasi wala naman tayong major typhoon na naranasan, wala ring drought at wala ring major pestation in black bug, kahit doon sa rice bug wala, kaya I am hoping na tumaas siya kahit nasa 115% better na ‘yun,” Buenaobra told Palawan News.
She added that seaweed production is the top among the main agricultural products where they have focused this year, followed by cacao and corn.