THE Department of Agriculture on Sunday said the Bicol Region, especially Albay, will be the pilot area for climate change-resistant or adapting crops in line with government’s climate change resiliency program.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the region will also serve as the laboratory for the department’s quick-turnaround-planting-and-production-after-a-typhoon initiative.
He added the regional share of Bicol in the proposed DA budget of P48.4 billion will be P1.9 billion.
The secretary said Bicol deserves the additional funds since the industrious Bicolanos produced P57-billion worth of agricultural products in 2013.
“That is why even if the land area of Region 5 is small and it is often visited by typhoons, the ‘Oragons’ ranked sixth in rice production, eighth in hog production, and seventh in coconut and corn production,” Alcala said.
Estimated damage wrought by typhoon Glenda on the agricultural sector is valued at P3.98 billion, the aggregate total for crops, livestock, agri-infrastructre, abaca and fisheries, with 80,435 affected.