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Dinalupihan seeks to become Central Luzon’s ‘model agropolis’

Feb 22, 2021 @ 10:00
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A high-value crops diversification and modernization program for clustered small rice farmers is being eyed to help Dinalupihan town become a “model agropolis” in Central Luzon.

Dinalupihan Mayor Maria Angela Garcia said the municipal government was implementing the program through the 1Bataan Agricultural Innovation and Technology Center (1Bataan AITC).

“This project aims a fruitful harvest, generate higher income and improve lives of farmers as Dinalupihan aspires to be a model agropolis not only in the province but in Central Luzon as well,” the official said in a Philippine Information Agency report.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar visited one of the pilot farms of 1Bataan AITC in Dinalupihan.

1Bataan AITC is a public-private partnership between the provincial government and Israeli company Agrilever, according to the PIA report.

Crops in the 10 pilot farms include watermelon, chili, tomato and eggplant. They are expected to harvest by the end of February with a target yield of 40 tons.

Garcia was quoted in the report as saying she hopes that there will be convergence of different agencies to replicate this model within this next drying season in October with a minimum roll out in 100 hectares of clusters of small rice farmers within Bataan.

She said the municipal government “needs access to post harvest facilities, shared common services, world class trading post, farm to market roads, and drainage systems in order to complete the ecosystem of agriculture value chain.”

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