Pampanga capitol shifts focus towards agri sector

After zeroing-in on the improvement of the province’s district hospitals, the provincial government is now focusing its efforts on uplifting the province’s agriculture.

“We have projects for the farmers before, but, this time, we will give the agriculture sector more attention,” Governor Lilia Pineda said.

Pineda, together with some local officials, recently led the distribution of some farm equipment to farmers in Sta. Rita and Mexico towns.

She vowed to look into improving the agriculture production of the province's farmers through irrigation facilities and health care for the land-tillers.

Likewise, she reiterated her administration's continuous commitment to advance the knowledge and capabilities of Pampanga farmers.

Through the support of the Department of Agriculture and Department of Agrarian Reform, some 818 farmers from various municipalities were recently provided free training through the Farmers' Field School (FFS) project.

The FFS graduates studied the latest and modern techniques on planting rice, corn, vegetables and high-value crops.

“Educating the farmers on modern farm techniques and mechanization is essential for the continuous growth of the agriculture industry in the province,” Pineda said.

According to the Provincial Agricultural Office, out of the 218,000 hectares of total land area of the province, some 53,600 hectares of land is currently being used for rice planting; 11,400 hectares for corn farming; 2,600 hectares for vegetable growing; and 34,400 hectares for aquaculture.