City Information Division

Dapitan City – Local farmers and officials had a transect walk at the four stations to assess various plantations at the model farm of the Sustainable Land Resource Management Approach (SLRMA) Project in time of the Farmer’s Field Day in Barangay Barcelona, Thursday.

SLRMA Project started in 2019 and diversified in 2020 until this year when the landowner Badong Sybico agreed to lease his 80 hectares of farmland to the City Government which now beds out with cassava, pineapple, bananas, corn and sweet potatoes.

As stated by Engr. Eduardo V. Alberto of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, their office will give assistance to farmers on the technical aspect of the proper handling of soil to combat drought and denuding. Healthy land promotes sustainable production of crops which will contribute to the economic development of the country and will further produce quality products that can compete in the global market.

Ronnie Jarapan, city councillor and chairman of the Committee on Agriculture delivered Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos’ message to the farmers. In her message, the mayor gave prominence to the farmers’ role in the community in providing food to every table.

The City Government acclaimed the Sybico family for granting the lease of their farmland.

Jose D. Manguerra, chief of the Soil Conservation Management Division (SCMD), was gratified by all the assistance extended from the local government to the different agencies to make the Sustainable Land Resource Management Approach (SLRMA) project feasible and promising.

54-year-old farmer Myrna Adaya, a member of the Cassava Growers and Processors Association (CAGAPA) appreciates how the association hoists her family’s finances.

Mayor Jalosjos similarly extends free tractor services for plowing a hectare of land and free fuel through the office of the City Agriculture to diversify the expenses of the farmers.