by Edipolo Mosquito
SURIGAO DEL NORTE, June 30 -– In support to the national program of President Benigno Aquino’s “Plant a Billion Tree Project,” Gov. Sol Matugas of this province, along with Alegria Mayor Dominador Esma, Jr. led the blessing and cutting of ribbons to the newly constructed Nursery Operation Center and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) on Wednesday, June 29 this town.
Matugas acknowledged the initiative of the local government unit (LGU) in protecting the local environment.
According to Mayor Esma, the LGU will provide seedlings to 12 barangays of the town at 25,000 per barangay starting this year up to 2016.
In a related development, Gov. Matugas also led the launching of Rice Duck Farming (RDF) to eight (8) cooperators of the town yesterday at 150 ducks per hectare under the Phil. Agrarian Reform Fund (PARFund).
RDF is an organic way of producing rice but at less cost than traditional farming system. It gives farmers additional sources of income through the sales of healthy and organic rice, ducks and duck meat, and duck eggs (balut and salted egg). (MPDC-Alegria/PIA-Surigao del Norte)