Beng partners with Alcala for stepped up agri projects PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 February 2011 15:16

District 1 Representative Beng Climaco Thursday initiated talks with Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala for possible tie-up on implementation of agriculture-related projects in District 1.

“I am very pleased because we were able to talk to him about development and potentials of district 1,” the congresswoman said emerging from a meeting with Sec. Alcala, who was in the city Thursday morning.

She said the discussion centered on how her congressional office can partner with the Department Agriculture for the strengthening of farm to market road projects as well as the upgrading of the facilities for the Coconut Research Center based in the city.

Alcala motored to La Paz and other areas in Ayala yesterday morning to inaugurate a DA-initiated project as well as to look into other possible undertakings in support of the farmers in the west coast.

“We have our Coconut Research Center in Zamboanga City, which is one of the most active research centers in the country”, the congresswoman said. The DA, she stressed, can help strengthen the center’s operation by providing the necessary requirements for the provision of good crops and for the conduct of research on therapeutic value of virgin coconut oil in the sum of P4 million.

According to Climaco, the P4 million funding will pay for the conduct of the research and can help boost the productivity of coconut farmers in the west coast.

Another possible tie-up project that the lady solon tackled with the DA Secretary was the potentials of the city’s fishery and agriculture resources specifically the growing of pangasius and tilapia fingerlings as well as the revival of Young Agri Pinoy Project by using idle lands for planting of vegetables and crops.

Two years ago, Climaco’s congressional office, initiated the project in cooperation with the youth sector. The project was a huge success as youth groups in different barangays engaged in planting of vegetables and crops for multi-purposes.

Sec. Alcala was in Mindanao specifically Zamboanga and Jolo to look into the possibility of intensifying agri-related projects. In Jolo, he undertook projects to revive the seaweed industry.

The meeting with Sec. Alcala and other DA officials including local government officials was held during breakfast at the Garden Orchid Hotel Thursday. — Rham Joseph Cabasag