By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
VEGETABLE, fish, and egg production in Visayas is insufficient.
According to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, the Visayas cluster needs to double time in producing these commodities.
“Dapat ma-focus ang Visayas sa vegetables, fisheries, and egg production but while waiting for these sectors to be developed, we should identify the other regions or other clusters which could supply the requirements of the regions in Visayas,” Piñol said.
Department of Agriculture (DA)-6 Regional Executive Director and cluster head Remelyn R. Recoter presented the agricultural profile of the Visayas region during the Food Security Summit Visayas cluster on October 9, 2018 held at Royal Convention Hall, Iloilo City.
“The Visayas region contributes P2,011,606,160 to the latest Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP), and 13% share to the national agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Specifically, 18.96% from the region are contributed to the national rice output, egg- 17%, lowland vegetables – 11.91%, upland vegetables – 6%, onion – 0.17%, garlic – 1.08%, tilapia – 1.86%, milkfish – 2.7%,” Recoter explained.
In terms of sufficiency level, Visayas is vegetable sufficient by 23.74%, fish sufficient by 43.97%, and 2.47% egg sufficient.
Meanwhile for Western Visayas, Recoter emphasized that the region must focus more on vegetable production because most of the vegetable supply is imported from other regions.
“Nagakuha pa kita 80% sang vegetables outside the region like in Cordillera. But we are hoping that within two years they can ensure the sufficiency of vegetables in the region,” she stated.
Despite the supply woes, Recoter said insufficiency is an opportunity for vegetable producing areas.
“We can explore the potential areas na may mga expansion kay need naton ang vegetables. It will be an opportunity for vegetable producing areas,” she noted.
The DA has already identified towns of Leon, Alimodian, San Remegio, and Valderrama as the region’s vegetable bowls.
Recoter assured that they would continue to help the farmers attain sufficiency.
“Ang support should not only from DA but also from LGUs and private sectors,” she noted.