Bohol Vegetable Supply Inadequate?

Considered as food basket of Central Visayas, but Bohol yields inadequate vegetable far below food requirements.

This scenario has become a challenge in the agriculture sector that is moving heaven and earth to major inject interventions to produce more vegetables and even fruits, according to the Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAO) and the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Based on the 2007 data obtained from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, Bohol produces only 670 metric tons (MT) or 12% in Central Visayas of eggplant, far below from the required 3,909 MTs to feed 2.81 kilos per capita requirement.

Cebu province still dominates the eggplant production with 3,920 MTs or 72% but still lower than 7,554 MTs as required for 1.81 kilos per capita. Negros Oriental province supplies some 815 MT of this vegetable or 15% and Siquijor province, 26 MTs or .4% only. Central Visayas needs 13,256 MTs far from what the four provinces produce of only 5,431 MTs.

Bohol yields only 608 MTs of tomatoes but it needs 3,394 MTs for its people’s need of 2.44 kls. per capita. The production is only 17% in Central Visayas. Still Cebu rules with 2,086 MTs but far from the needed 9,920 MTs. The region needs 16,336 MTs but it produces only 3,456 MTs.

The same is true with cabbage and carrots. The province produces only 135 MTs of cabbage. But it has no figures how much it produces carrots, the data shows. Still the province of Cebu tops them all, producing 4,932 MTs of cabbage and 2,542 MTs of carrots.

Only ampalaya that Bohol produces 1,735 MTs more than what is required (1,308 MTs) with .94 kls. per capita. It is higher than Cebu with only 1,381 MTs but it needs 2,158 MTs. The region needs 4,734 MTs (requirement) of ampalaya but it yielded only 3,780 MTS.

Central Visayas is eyeing 45,514 MTs of fruits and vegetables for 13,294 hectares and 14,332 MTs in 2,542 has. of leafy vegetables in the years to come, according to the DA’s intervention program.

These interventions include the provisions of irrigation systems, quality seeds through Plant-Now-Pay-Later plan (PNPL) which the provincial government is pushing and implementing, said provincial agriculturist Liza M. Quirog.

Other government intercessions, such as field schools, establishing greenhouses, technological demonstration, information drive and research and workshops/training, are more important than ever, said the DA. – Ric Obedencio, Bohol Chronicle

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