NEGROS FIRST! Food Security
With certainty in the attainment of 100 percent self-sufficiency in rice for Negros Occidental on or before 2013, we will be shifting our focus towards supporting food security at the household level. Every household should be able to put food on their tables, and they do not have to look beyond their own backyards. We will support backyard vegetable, poultry, livestock and dairy production not only for the table but for additional income as well.
We will increase production areas not just for rice but also for high value crops, and for yellow corn that will feed our poultry and livestock industry. Crops categorized as high value are mango, banana, pineapple, coffee, soybean, pili, rubber, coconut, abaca, and vegetable crops such as carrots, cabbage, celery, lettuce, squash, sweet pepper, ampalaya, mongo, pechay, radish, etc. High value crops are given priority because of its market potentials or domestic and international demand.
To enhance productivity, we will implement more communal irrigation projects and pursue the previously envisioned irrigation highway, tapping on the vast resources of our six major rivers.
We will also establish more pre- and post-harvest facilities not only for rice and corn, but also for fruits and vegetables, fish and other marine products, as well as for poultry and livestock. We aim to supply the growing demand for poultry and livestock products both in the national and international markets. We will also strengthen fish production through aquaculture in both inland and marine waters (using fish ponds, fish pens and fish cages).
We will continue to enhance the capability of our farmers and fisherfolk through information and technology transfer and the provision of necessary equipment and other production support.
We will pursue the thrust towards organic farming by encouraging more investors to produce chemical-free food crops not only for the lucrative world market but for good health as well. In the process, we are helping to maintain our ecological balance.