This is not about smoking.
The Province of Bohol has achieved quantum leap in the field of Agriculture.
This was the first of the message delivered by Technical Director Felix Elumba of the Department of Agriculture Region 7, to the members of the Bohol media during the gathering sponsored by Philipp Morris which invited the journalists to participate in the Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards, held at Metro Center on CPG North Avenue, a week ago.
Elumba said, Bohol is now exporting chickens, rice, fish, livestocks and dairy products and other staple crops to other provinces, particularly in Luzon.
Elumba’s information were sourced from the Office of the Provincial Agriculture, which is the leading agency in implementing Agriculture and Food Security Programs of the Province of Bohol led by Gov. Edgar M. Chatto.
This program of the province under its agenda HEAT IT BOHOL has of late, implemented Farmer Field School on Community Based Organic Rice Development Project in support to the Organic Agriculture and Climate Change Program.
The data from OPA revealed that under the program more than 300 farmers are already involved in Organic Agriculture, distributed in thirty one (31) municipalities cultivating more than 95 hectares with a combined production of more than 96 thousand kilograms since 2013 up to the present.
The technical knowhow in organic farming was and still being implemented and developed in organically- grown vegetable productions.
In his State of the Province Address (SOPA) Gov. Chatto announced the positive developments in the establishment of the Bohol Coconut Based Agro-industrial Hub, in partnership with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) in Balilihan.
He said the project is a model in agri-based infrastructure, job creation, entrepreneurship and livelihood development involving the coconut sector.
As a support to jumpstart the project, the OPA has already released more than 12,000 coconut seedlings.
On the other hand, Gov. Chatto bared that the Province has already gained momentum in Fisheries Productivity Enhancement Program.
He specifically mentioned the Bilar Freshwater Fish Hatchery Facility which contributed to the Upland Aquaculture Development and fish sufficiency in the Province, helping fish farmers augment their productions which resulted to more income.
As a result, the project has recorded a total fry products of almost three million pieces worth P417 million while total fry dispersal has reached almost four million pieces with a cost of more than P72 million.
The Governor also informed about the Development of Agri-Livestock Commodity Genetic Improvement and Herd Building.
He said it covered almost four thousand beneficiaries in thirty-two municipalities of the province.
The project has provided farmers additional income due to improved livestock productivity and production thus increasing the food sufficiency of the Province.
The data narrated by the Governor revealed that there was a total of 17,812 offspring produced with a monetary value of P94.1 million while breeder have totaled to 815 worth P8,257 million.
In a range from zero to 800, the sufficiency level was topped by goat chevon as recorded, to wit:
1. Cara beef – 677
2. Cattle beef – 449
3. Goat chevon – 716
4. Pork – 580
In poultry meat and eggs sufficiency level:
1. Chicken meat – 270
2. Duck meat – 141
3. Chicken egg – 85
4. Duck egg – 44
Under the Bohol Native Chicken Development Program is the ongoing operation of the twenty five and one barangay-based Native Chicken Production Centers.
The 75% pedigreed Boholano native chicken, the new Bohol breed is slated to come out in April next month.
The pedigreed Boholano native chicken name “Tubaon”, or the red plumage was introduced during the Native Chicken Festival last November last year.
With these positive developments rolled into one, Director Elumba was correct when he said Bohol is arguably the food basket in Central Visayas. (Nick Sendrijas)

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