Thursday, April 19, 2018

DA holds first Ilocos garlic summit


LAOAG CITY - The Department of Agriculture (DA) High Value Crops and Rural Credit in cooperation with the DA Region 1 field office kicked off the first Ilocos Region Garlic Summit at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena on March 14, 2018.

Nearly 1,000 farmers attended the summit; they came from different provinces of Region 1: Ilocos Norte; Ilocos Sur; La Union and Pangasinan.

The keynote speaker was DA undersecretary Evelyn Laviña, Head, High Value Crops and Rural Credit in lieu of DA secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol.

The first garlic summit’s theme: "Crafting of the 5-Year Roadmap for the Philippine Garlic Industry Development."

“The Department of Agriculture will intensify garlic production in the whole Region 1… [a]nd the conference is in response to the marching order of secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol to conduct field trials in all regions,” Ms. Laviña said

During the summit, DA distributed farm machineries, equipment and materials to include: 17 units 4-wheel tractor amounting to PHP17 million; 23 units multi cultivator amounting to PHP3,470,240; 31 units pump and engine set worth PHP2,170,000; 12 units power sprayer worth PHP288,000; 188 units knapsack sprayer worth PHP347,800; and 1 unit hauling truck worth PHP1,500,000.

In the Ilocos Region, climatic and soil conditions are ideal for planting garlic during the dry months. DA will lend technical assistance to anyone going to plant garlic as well as assured the availability of seeds.

The main objective is to sustain the sufficiency of the commodity and avoid a situation such as what happened in 2012 when garlic suddenly disappeared from the market.

“There is no such thing as ‘hoarding of garlics’ thru farmers, it is the businessmen who do so,” stressed Ms. Laviña.

In Ilocos Norte, thru several LGUs' requests, Ms. Laviña gave agricultural funding: PHP3 million for Pasuquin; PHP2 million for Sarrat; PHP500 thousand for Burgos; and PHP650 thousand for San Nicolas. Other Ilocos Norte towns will receive farm machinery and equipment.

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