San Si­mon pro­motes high-yield farm­ing

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

SAN SI­MON - Amid the in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion that sparked in this once sleepy town, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to give pri­or­ity to the agri­cul­ture sec­tor through the sus­tained as­sis­tance given to lo­cal farm­ers.

This was ev­i­dent dur­ing the con­duct “Farm­ers’Field Day”hosted by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment at the agri­cul­ture-cen­tered Barangay San Ni­co­las here which gath­ered groups of Si­mo­nian farmer s.

“Once upon a time, San Si­mon is 100 per­cent an agri­cul­tural town but na­ture made its way when Mt. Pi­natubo erupted and dried up al­most all of our farm­lands. Though we were able to adapt through the in­flux of in­dus­trial fac­to­ries and ware­houses, we still value and put pri­or­ity to our agri­cul­ture sec­tor,” said Mayor Leonora Wong.

Dur­ing the pro­gram, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment in co­op­er­a­tion with pri­vate com­pa­nies INAVET, Quan­tum Growth Tech­nol­ogy and SL Agritech Cor­po­ra­tion, in­tro­duced to farm­ers the HighYield­ing Tech­nol­ogy Adop­tion (HYTA) Pro­gram to farm­ers.

The HYTA is a process that uses mod­ern tech­nol­ogy to in­crease the pro­duc­tion of rice crops lead­ing to its suf­fi­ciency in the com­mu­nity.

“From our break­fast, we usu­ally eat bread, rice or kakanin which all came from palay. Al­most ev­ery­thing we eat is a prod­uct of the per­se­ver­ance of our farm­ers that is why we con­tinue to bring to them pro­grams that will help them de­velop their liveli­hood and up­lift their lives,” Wong said.

Barangay San Ni­co­las Bagong Pag-asa Ir­ri­ga­tors As­so­ci­a­tion Inc. Pres­i­dent Aure­lio Pan­gan also urged his fel­low farm­ers to em­brace the new tech­nol­ogy in farm­ing which is of big help in in­creas­ing their re­spec­tive pro­duc­tion.

“Many of us now ac­knowl­edge the need for uti­liz­ing mod­ern tech­nol­ogy in our farm­ing and these pro­grams from the gov­ern­ment are very ben­e­fi­cial espe­cially to small-time farm­ers who

most need of the ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

Mean­while, Wong as­sured farm­ers that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment will not al­low any more con­ver­sion of fer­tile lands to in­dus­trial prop­er­ties as part of its goal of pro­tect­ing the rights of farm­ers and town’s agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

“As much as the in­dus­trial fac­to­ries and ware­houses pro­vide liveli­hood to Si­mo­ni­ans and in­come to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, we must also pre­serve our farm­lands and give pri­or­ity to our farm­ers be­cause they are vi­tal to our daily liv­ing and in our com­mu­nity,” he said.

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