NEGROS ORIENTAL, Jan. 13 (PIA) -- Agro-Industrial Estate development is expected to be established in over 214 hectares of government land in Tamlang Valley, Negros Oriental.
In a "harmonization" meeting, Regional Executive Director Atty. Salvador Diputado of the Department of Agriculture (DA-7) and its attached agencies representatives discussed with Gov. Roel Degamo the agricultural development in Tamlang Valley, including the implementation of agriculture and fishery projects in the province.
Both the DA and the province strengthened its partnership and collaboration in bringing agri-fishery services to the farmers with local government units (LGUs).
Diputado said the Tamlang Valley proposed project has already been discussed with Agriculture Secretary William Dar and that there was no objection being received.
Tamlang Valley covers the municipalities of Sta. Catalina, Siaton, Valencia, Sibulan, and Pamplona in Negros Oriental.
Diputado said the documents are still being reviewed.
"Sa pagkakaron magpaabot nalang ko nga ipagawas na ang formal endorsement aron magamit na gyud ang Tamlang Valley for food production program (For now, will wait for the formal endorsement of the Tamlang Valley for the start of the food production program)," Diputado said.
Degamo appreciated DA-7's initiative of converging its attached agencies during the said harmonization meeting.
"This is the first time that agencies were converged so that concerns will be answered right away. I will take this opportunity to ask support from DA on technical aspects on rice and irrigation," Degamo said.
The governor showed his full support in the development of the Tamlang Valley as this will benefit both for farmers and fishers as well as the province.
Diputado also discussed the "One DA" - a holistic approach advocated by Dar as the key strategy to agriculture and fisheries transformations.
He said this is imperative for DA to pursue the critical strategies for 2021.
Diputado was joined by some officials of the various attached agencies of DA such as the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, National Food Authority, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority, and Philippine Coconut Authority. (jct/PIA-7 Negros Oriental)