By J. Jala | 11:12 PM January 28, 2020
Farmers in Bohol, a predominantly agricultural province, will benefit from Department of Agriculture programs for the year 2020.
This was assured by Agriculture Secretary William Dar as he graced the opening of 2020 Ubi Festival at the Bohol Agriculture Promotion Center Tuesday, January 28.
Bohol, also dubbed ubi (yam) capital, celebrates the importance of the purple/white rootcrop and a recognizes ubi growers across the province through Ubi Festival.
The festival showcases ubi products from Bohol will run from Tuesday (January 28) until Friday (January 31).
Different contests are held such as Pinaka (Most), ubi eating, best booth and endemic crops as well as presentation of best practices on organic farming.
Present during the activity were DA Regional Director Salvador Diputado, mayors and some key officials of the Department of Agriculture and the provincial government of Bohol.
Dar expressed his gratitude to the Boholanos for embracing sustainable agriculture in the province.
He said he would support efforts on research to increase the ubi production in Bohol.
“Sana palakasin pa yan, damihan pa ang plantation para magiging malaking industry ng Bohol. We will continue to do research in terms of genetics na gagamitin para dirediretso yan sa pag-angat ng ubi industry,” he said.
Different varieties of ubi identified to be growing in Bohol such as kabus-ok, baligonhon, binugas, tam-isan, binanag, binato, iniling, apale and kinampay are sold at different booths from various participating towns in Bohol.
It also featured the biggest and heaviest ubi which weighed 25 kilos this year.
Ubi is considered an important crop, being the only crop mentioned in the provincial hymn.
DA has allocated close to P400 million for Bohol’s agriculture sector.
The Secretary said Bohol would get P380 million worth of projects for agriculture which will benefit the rice farmers who have been hit by the declining prices of palay.
Boholano farmers will receive P15,000 each of zero-interest loan, payable in eight years under the survival and recovery program for rice farmers (SUREAid).
In addition, these farmers would also be receiving P5,000 each unconditional cash transfer.