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Province of Ilocos Sur

Agriculture, Fisheries and Livelihood

New FMR Benefits Farmers of Sinait

Sinait, Ilocos Sur- The provincial government of Ilocos Sur headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson inaugurated the newly paved farm to market roads in the municipality of Sinait. Three farm to market roads were built in the Barangays of Calingayan, Marnay and Barikir to lessen the cost of post-harvest production of the farmers. This will result to an efficient travel of their goods to the market and eliminate the middlemen who usually benefit from the farmer’s products. With this project, low price, fresh and nutritious foods will be accessible to arcades. It gives advantage to both producers and consumers resulting to agricultural productivity and food security. “Farm to market roads will not only improve our agricultural sector but also the lives of our farmers and their families. This will lessen their difficulties in bringing their goods to the people.” Gov. Ryan said. Apart from the FMR, Brgy Gongogong in the town of San Ildefonso was also extended help by the provincial government through funding of the construction of the barangay hall. The building was constructed with the cooperation of the Citizen’s Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party list thru Representative Sherwin Tugma. The Barangay officials expressed their sincere thanks for having a conducive and ventilated workplace. The hall will serve as a place for serving the residents of Gongogong.

PVET Dispenses Goat Breeders

The provincial government of Ilocos Sur headed by Gov. Ryan Singson distributed goat breeder to the different goat raisers in the province. Each association received one male and two female goats to produce youngs. This will serve as additional source of income for the raisers where they can sell the animals to restaurants or make products such as milk candy or cheese. The distributed animals are hybrid goats. In a span of four months, it can now be sold amounting to more than five thousand pesos per head. Aside from the animals, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) also provided trainings and seminars to equip the goat raisers in maintaining their livelihood. They also gave out vitamins for the animals and grass to be planted as food for the goats. “The provincial government wants to provide livelihood for our goat raisers to aid them in gaining profit without spending a big capital” Gov. Ryan said. The association of goat raisers were very thankful for the assistance they received. “We are blessed for having this kind of livelihood. We will take good care of this beautiful present” goat raiser, Benjamin Tabor said.

Ilocos Sur, Succeeds to top 5 Quality Corn Achiever

Vigan City- The province of Ilocos Sur was chosen as one of the top 5 quality corn achiever for producing high quality corn among the corn-producing provinces in the country. The other provinces in the top five are Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Occidental Mindoro and Agusan del Norte. The provincial government has been in full support and implementation of improved corn production. The Hybrid Corn Assistance Program was established in the year 2012. Under this program, the corn farmers are extended free corn seeds, fertilizers, farm machineries and equipment support and technical trainings. For this reason, that the province achieved its goal to improve the agricultural sector producing high quality yields and increased production in the period of three years. At present, there are 14,000 hectares planted with hybrid corn. 2,000 hectares are planted with white corn and 12, 000 hectares planted with yellow corn. These can produce 5 tons per hectare every cropping.

Distribution of Mangrove Propagules, Botong and Talisay Seedlings

Vigan City- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources headed by Gov. Ryan Singson distributes seedlings that can protect the shorelines and marines lives from the crucial impact of climate change. The seedling includes Mangrove, Batong and Talisay. These were given to eight barangays and three municipalities including Sinait, Tagudin and Sta. Catalina. The program aims to promote environmental awareness that would help to the recovery of our mother earth especially on shorelines. These seedlings will serve as a fighting tool for the crucial impact of climate change by preventing the shorelines from degradation, absorbing carbon dioxide and prevents water pollution. They can also give captivating view along the seashore and can provide shelter to the different species of marine lives. “I encourage you to keep in mind a caring concern that through our collaborated efforts and determination, our efforts today will not go to waste.” Gov. Ryan said.

ISPJ Inmates Adopt Bio-intensive Gardening

Bantay, Ilocos Sur - Inmates of Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail initiated Bio-intensive gardening within the vicinity of the penitentiary in order to advance food security and promote a healthy living.
The Provincial Government came up with this project to make the newly built Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail sustainable for the inmates. PGIS spends a total of 5.7 million pesos a year for the food allowance of two hundred thirty inmates peg at seventy pesos a day per inmate. With the Bio-intensive gardening project, it will not only promote the health condition of the inmates but it will ensure economic viability. “This will help us minimize the expenses and also, through their products, they can be able to generate their own income. The provincial government will look for possible market of the products, we can also invite tourists to visit our ISPJ vegetable garden” Governor Ryan Singson said. The provincial agriculture office assisted the inmates in putting up the garden using organic materials such as track loads of garden soil, rice husk and chicken manure forming more than two thousand square meters wide of garden beds.

Ingenious Way of Outsmarting Mother Nature in Sallacong

“If there's a will, there's a way”. This is an important concept I have learned from a remote village I explored called Sallacong in Bantay, Ilocos Sur. Because the village residents mainly rely on farming for a living, they need to work hard to generate an income. But how about if it is summer? The field dries up prompting them to wait until the next rainy season to till the rice fields. Because of this, they have discovered a smart way of farming -- so the concept of river farming is born. Since it is summer, expect that the volume of freshwater that flows to their beautiful valley is limited. Sometimes some parts of the riverbed are exposed turning them into little islands in the middle of the river. The width of the river is narrowed because the volume of flowing water is no longer capable of flooding the river ways. So as the width of the flowing river gets narrower, the exposed riverbed expands, hence, becoming little islands.

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