• Bulacan farms brace for dry spell


    MALOLOS CITY: The provincial government is bracing for the effects of the dry spell in the different farm lands in the province, now a hall of famer in the annual Agri-Pinoy awards.

    Through the Provincial Agriculture Office, the provincial government has came up with programs aimed to boost the needs of the agriculture sector by providing them with farm equipment, not only to address the effects of the dry spell but also to further increase their production yields.

    Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan, together with provincial agriculture officer Gloria Carillo, has distributed irrigation pumps to farmers associations in the towns of Paombong, Hagonoy,Plaridel, Angat, Dona Remedios Trinidad, San Ildefonso and San Miguel.

    Alvarado said the high-powered irrigation pumps will help farmers produce more high value crops, particularly in the vegetable-producing towns of San Ildefonso, San Miguel, Angat, Plaridel and Dona Remedios.

    He said that Bulacan supplies more than 60 percent of the table vegetables, particularly the so-called “pinakbet veggies” in the local markets of Bulacan and Metro Manila.

    Aside from the “pinakbet veggies,” Bulacan also supplies fresh meat to the neighboring provinces and Metro Manila.

    “We must ensure that the vegetables and other high value crops being produced all year round in Bulacan will have sufficient supply of irrigation water. Our farm technicians are always coordinating with farmer groups to boost farm yields,” he said.

    Alvarado said the pumps are part of the irrigation support facility to augment water irrigation for better crop production.



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