Roxas City -- The government institutions in the country have vowed to
help in the food production effort.
Director General Augusto Syjuco of the Technical Education and Skills
Development Authority (TESDA) revealed that the agriculture and
fishery schools nationwide will soon produce rice and other
agricultural crops, livestock and aquatic products in commercial
Syjuco vowed that TESDA will therefore take the lead in contributing
to the country's national food security program through a full-scale
He said that "the TESDA as a government institution will contribute to
our country's food security."
He added that "we have to tap and maximize the use of existing
resources and harness our own expertise in increasing food production."
Recently, the administrators and officials of TESDA technology
institutions gathered in Manila for a special meeting which focused on
the discussion of the food production plans of each institution.
The move is in response to the directive of President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo to utilize all tillable lands to ensure food security
Syjuco revealed that TESDA technical institutions own a combined land
area of 2,000 hectares which can be used for agri-fishery production.
At present, he said, these technology institutions use their land
resources as training laboratories and experimental facilities for
various agri-fishery courses. TESDA has 125 technology institutions
all over the country.
The proposed cultivation and wide scale planting of dragon fruit by
the Bangui Institute of Technology in Ilocos Norte is one of the food
production plans presented during said meeting.
Another proposal which elicited deep interest among the school heads
is the utilization of vermi composting technology to produce organic
fertilizers for crop production.
While the agri-fishery schools chiefs noted that increasing food
production in their respective schools would require funds for new
equipment, support infrastructure, and other inputs, they agreed that
implementing their food production plans as soon as possible will
generate income for their schools, students and communities.