Left photo shows farmers tending to their harvested snap beans in Sitio Busngol. Right photo shows the donated farm tools and seeds. (Photo by Puerto Princesa City Agriculture Office)

Farmers dwelling in Sitio Busngol in Barangay Sta. Lourdes recently received farm materials, seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides from the City Agriculture Office (CAO) in Puerto Princesa to ensure the continuous production of highland vegetables.

The local agriculture office in a post said the sitio is the site where the Pilot Production of Highland Vegetables in Puerto Princesa City was first implemented in 2020 in partnership with the Sitio Busngol Farmers Association (SBFA).

CAO said the support was given free for the farmers under the leadership of Mayor Lucilo Bayron.

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“Sa ngayon ay patuloy ang pagtatanim ng mga magsasaka sa nasabing lugar [ng gulay] tulad ng repolyo, snap beans, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, at cauliflower. Layunin ng pagkakaloob ng karagdagang suporta ay upang mas mapalaki pa ang produksyon ng  highland vegetables sa syudad,” CAO said.

“Maliban sa ibinigay ang halos lahat ng pangangailangan ng mga magsasaka upang makapagsimula, isa-isa din silang sinanay sa pamamagitan ng on-site coaching at palagiang pagsasagawa ng pagmo-monitor upang masigurong matutunan ng mga magsasaka ang tamang teknolohiya,” the city agriculture office added.

After a year, the Busngol farmers’ pilot production of highland vegetables has proven to be successful as most engage already know proper planting techniques and care.

The association, according to CAO, is already producing cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and snap beans.

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