Agriculture in Negros Oriental Not Affected by Insurgency

All agricultural development programs implemented in the hinterland barangays of Negros Oriental are not affected by the insurgency problem, according to Provincial Agriculturist Gregorio Paltinca.

Paltinca said his agricultural field technicians are monitoring these projects, especially those in far-flung barangays where a Barangay Agricultural Development Center (BADC) and the Government Agricultural Development Center (GADCent) are located.

Recently, a group of farmers from Santa Catalina town completed the Farmer Field School (FFS) training, held in cooperation with the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

Paltinca admitted that he was worried over the series of encounters between government troops and New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, which could displace farmers in the mountain barangays.

Although no farmers were displaced as a direct result of the armed conflict, Paltinca said some had initially sold their livestock and produce at a lower cost but still returned to their farms. – PNA

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