KDF to de­velop 30 model farms

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAM PO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

GUAGUA— The Ka­pam­pan­gan Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion Inc. (KDFI) is spear­head­ing an in­no­va­tive agri­cul­ture project as part of its liveli­hood pro­gram to de­velop 30 model farms in Pam­panga us­ing high­value crops.

This is in cel­e­bra­tion of KDF’s 30th year an­niver­sary. The 30 hectares are be­ing de­vel­oped by KDF in Pam­panga to serve as mod­els for farm­ers to get out of poverty and earn a good in­come.

KDF Trustee Sylvia Or­donez said that KDF and the Philip­pine Co­conut Author­ity (PCA) have Li­breng co­conut seedlings for Tar­lac, Nueva Ecija, Bu­la­can, Bataan, Zam­balez farm­ers as al­ter­na­tive crops for idle lands and back­yards.

“Re­gion 3, the Ka­pam­pan­gan re­gion which the KDF serves is a ma­jor rice pro­ducer. It is our farm­ers whose farms suf­fer when ty­phoons visit us, most re­cent be­ing Lando. Dur­ing good weather, the av­er­age in­come per has is 50,000 per year or 25,000 per crop­ping,” Or­donez said.

She added that farm­ers in Re­gion 3 should be given other op­tions for the use of their lands where they can earn more, such as high value crops.

KDF in part­ner­ship with the PCA and De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Re­gion 3 will plant one mil­lion co­conuts and in­ter-crop them with High Value Crops like Ca­cao, Lan­zones, Rambu­tan, Durian,Achete, tamarind etc.

Ca­cao alone gives the farmer ad­di­tional P150,000 in­come to what one can earn from one hectare of co­conut.

The group tar­geted 300,000 for carabao man­goes, 100,000 for rambu­tan and 100,000 for longkong (a Thai­land va­ri­ety of lan­sones) in var­i­ous ar­eas of Cen­tral Lu­zon.

This as KDF, a non­govern­ment civic ser­vice group, is now set to plant an ad­di­tional one mil­lion co­conut trees in Cen­tral Lu­zon as sup­ple­ment to its ear­lier ini­tia­tive of plant­ing one mil­lion fruit trees in var­i­ous prov­inces of the re­gion us­ing cer­ti­fied seeds.

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