SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) here announced that the province has already attained its rice sufficiency target after posting a 12-percent increase in production at the end of 2014.
Imelda Sannadan, OPA officer, said that La Union produced a total of 182,203 metric tons of rice last year, which shows an increase of 12 percent when compared to 2013’s 162,952 metric tons.
Sannadan credited the good harvest to the rehabilitation of irrigated areas and the subsidy given by Gov. Manuel Ortega for the utilization of hybrid seeds, certified seeds and organic fertilizers.
Aside from the increase in rice production, OPA also recorded an increase of nine percent in yellow corn production.
“The OPA credited this to the subsidies given to the farmers by the provincial government and the local government units. The areas, which were previously planted with legumes, [also showed good harvest because of]favorable weather condition,” Sannadan said.
The province also posted a remarkable growth rate on ‘high value’ commercial crops, fruits and root crops, with 85 percent and 39 percent, respectively. For tiger grass, (the material used in making soft brooms), the OPA listed a significant increase of 26 percent.
For fishery production, a two percent increase was posted, from 17,903 metric tons in 2013 to 18,206 metric tons in 2014.
Sannadan said her office will continue with its vision for a self-reliant and self-sufficient province.