>High Rating on Bohol Agriculture


     Vice governor Julius Caesar Herrera expressed gratitude for the “good mark” on the agriculture sector in Bohol Poll 2009 recently presented to public.
      ”The net performance rating of the provincial government in ensuring adequate food supply posts the highest increase at +26 points, from -9 last year to +17 points,” Bohol Poll showed.
      The promotion and support for agriculture provided by provincial government of Bohol scored the next highest increase from +2 last year to +22 this year.
      The vice-governor, who chairs the agriculture committee of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), said that such result is encouraging and this motivates him to work hard and called on the agriculture sector to do the same to improve farming.
      Provincial government's net satisfaction rating in supporting tourism promotion also posted a high mark of +39 and protecting the environment, +36. 
      Herrera launched the Barangay Green Revolution (BGR) recently in barangay Binogawan in his hometown Calape. He made true his commitment in promoting backyard vegetable gardening in the barangays by subsidizing vegetable seeds for free that have benefited some 30 towns and more than 718 barangays. The seeds include squash, eggplant, sitao, ampalaya, okra, kangkong, tomato and pechay.
      The recipients seed subsidy are the municipalities of Albur, Calape, Corella, Loon, Maribojoc, Sikatuna, Tubigon, Bien-Unido, Buenavista, Clarin, Dagohoy, Danao, Inabangan, Pres. Garcia, Sagbayan, Ubay, Anda, Batuan, Bilar, Candijay, Carmen, Duero, Garcia-Hernandez, Guindulman, Jagna, Mabini, Sevilla, Valencia and Tagbilaran City.
      The vice-governor said gardening is one of cushioning the impact of the economic crisis. He told officials why buy vegetables when everybody can grow them without much ado but spending few minutes everyday to grow vegetables.
      Aside from this, he said, he also provided coconut seedlings to those whose plantation needs replenishment since coconuts are already old.
      Other support services that Herrera has poured include financial sharing with the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in the construction and rehabilitation of small water impounding projects in several towns as well as rice seed subsidy for the farmers. (RVO) 

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