BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: A bill was filed in the House of Representatives that is aimed at addressing the problems and concerns of farmers in the fast growing citrus industry in Nueva Vizcaya.
House Bill No. 4509 will pave the way for the creation of a Philippine Citrus Resources Development Center, which will be built at the Nueva Vizcaya State University – Bayombong Campus.
“The bill will further help farmers in improving their produce towards a more competitive product. This brings them more income and revenues for the government,” Nueva Vizcaya Representative Carlos Padilla said.
Padilla explained that through the center’s post harvest facilities and researches, farmers’ losses, which are mainly coming from wastage will be minimized.
“The quantity of citrus products for export will be increased and their quality will be improved further,” he said.
Padilla said the country contributes around 163,090 metric tons or 16 percent of the world’s total produce, the bulk of which is from the province of Nueva Vizcaya.