SAN FELIPE, Zambales - Around R60 million was allotted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the enhancement of Zambales' agricultural equipment as well as the construction of agricultural facilities in the province.
Both Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. and Congressman Jun Omar Ebdane welcomed the approval made by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala as most of these equipment and facilities will be deployed throughout the towns of Zambales.
Alcala, who met with farmers and fishermen in separate forums here and in Botolan town on March 22-23, approved projects like the Salaza-San Lorenzo Communal Irrigation Project (CIP), which will irrigate 136 hectares of farmlands in the adjacent towns of Masinloc and Palauig, and the Paete-Balincaguing CIP which will irrigate 100 hectares in San Narciso.
Gov. Ebdane said that Alcala's commitment to improve the lot of local farmers ''dovetails with our efforts to introduce modern farming techniques, provide more farm inputs for sustainable yield, and attract more residents to farming and fishing industries.''
Alcala's visit to Zambales is part of his tour of different agriculture-based provinces in the country to personally see to the needs and requirements of farmers and study how the industry could get a much-needed boost.