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Province of Ilocos Sur

Agriculture, Fisheries and Livelihood

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.

BFAR implements BoatR Registry System

Narvacan, Ilocos Sur- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Provincial Government launched the Boat Registry System or BoatR in Ilocos Sur which aims to establish a simplified and standardized national registration of fisher folks, their fishing gears, and fishing vessels. To support its aim, BFAR provided tablet for each Local Government Unit to be used in registering all these information online. This scheme helps the LGUs to protect preferential rights of subsistence of fisher folks and promote coastal conservation. “We need to protect our seas in order for us to benefit from it and also to preserve our natural resources for the next generation,” Gov. Ryan Singson said. The BoatR served as the basis in implementing National Programs on aquaculture.

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