Pangasinan leads in crops and fish production

February 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

LINGAYEN—Pangasinan remains a leading producer in agriculture and fisheries.
This was gleaned from Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr.’s State of the Province Address (SOPA) held on February 10 at the Capitol Plaza here.
In his report, Gov. Espino said rice production has increased from 811, 037 metric tons in 2007 to 1.136 million metric tons in 2013.
Pangasinan also posted an average yield of 4.53 metric tons per hectare which is higher than 4.45 metric tons for the region.
With the increasing levels of production in rice, the governor said the province contributes 65 percent of the region’s total rice production, earning its rank as the third top rice producing province in the country next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela in the year just past.
Rice crop area has also grown from 181, 344.73 hectares in 2007 to 250, 633 hectares in 2013.
Addressing a crowd of about 7,000 during the SOPA, Gov. Espino revealed that Pangasinan was still the leading producer of quality mangoes in Region 1 with a total production of 108, 426 metric tons contributing at least 80 percent of the regional output.
“We are also among the top five corn producing provinces generating a total production of 319, 875.31 metric tons in 2013 with a productivity level of 6.25 metric tons per hectare which is higher than the 5.59 metric tons per hectare for the region and the national average of 5.04 metric tons,” the governor said.
“While the province accounts for at least 70 percent of the combined production in the region in vegetable production, we contributed 87 percent of the region’s fish production in 2013. For bangus production, Pangasinan accounted for 96.3 percent of the regional production of bangus, and 23 percent of the total national output,” the governor said.
Tilapia fingerlings worth P3.22 million were dispersed in 123 communal bodies of water throughout the province even as he disclosed that the provincial hatcheries in Lingayen, Sta. Barbara and San Quintin work on a year round production with augmentation of fingerlings from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
Hito fingerlings will also soon become available once the newly constructed hito hatchery in San Quintin becomes fully operational.
Demo sites for mariculture, aquasiviculture and aquaculture projects to showcase sustainable aquaculture and mariculture practices under the Fisheries Industry Enhancement Program were also established with BFAR.
Complementing these various undertakings included the distribution of fishing gears for marginal fisherfolks.
Another is the river clean-up, coastal resources management and environmental protection program which undertakes the continual dredging of rivers, propagation of mangroves and the revegetation of river banks and coastlines.
Gov. Espino bared that aside from increasing the fish stocks in our communal waters, dredging and mangrove re-vegetation are also effective flood control measures, provide coastal protection against erosion and storm surges and make the mangrove forests become rich spawning grounds for fish that can eventually serve as ready source of food and livelihood for the people.
Another development implemented by the province in 2013 is the signing into law by Gov. Espino last March 2013 of the Provincial Ordinance No. 170-2013 for the regulation of the sale or slaughter of female carabaos to contain the depletion of female carabaos in the province.
For this, an initial allocation of P1.5 million was facilitated to buy back breedable female carabaos for distribution as additional stocks to dairy cooperatives in the province

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