Mayor-elect Richard Gomez challenged to improve agri achievements of Ormoc City

Regional Executive Director Leo Cañeda encouraged Ormoc City’s incoming mayor Richard Gomez to face up to the achievements of the city in terms of agricultural development for a decade already during the latter’s recent visit to the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 8, Kanhuraw Hill, this city.

Ormoc Mayor-elect Richard Gomez and Congresswoman (Leyte 4th Distict)  Lucy Torres-Gomez (Photo courtesy: Richard Gomez FB)
In their conversation, Caneda explained to Gomez that city’s major achievements could be capitalized on in his administration and can even be replicated in the entire 4th Congressional District represented by Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, Richard’s wife. 

Ormoc, together with Maasin City and the Province of Leyte, led the region in terms of farmers’ adoption of high yielding rice varieties, sometime in 2006-2007. This was sustained in the succeeding years, allowing farmers higher rice yield since then. 

The city’s farmers were among the first adopters of rice ratooning technology, or the Quick Turn Around strategy in rice production. For ratooning alone, Ormoc could yield an average 6 metric tons per hectare, over and above the yield during the two regular rice cropping seasons. 

Ormoc’s farmers were among the first to pioneer the adoption and practice of organic farming way back in 2010. Today, some of Ormoc City/s organic farmers are among the pool of recognized top-caliber trainers in the region on Organic Farming/Natural Farming Systems. 

“If these gains could be sustained, farmers can really experience a major difference in their lives,” Cañeda said. 

The regional agricultural chief also advised Gomez to possibly make sure that farmers are assured of crop insurance coverage through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC). 

This scheme is one of the DA’s “Climate Smart Technology” responses to cushion the impact of inclement weather, as part of the preemptive strategies of the government to the recurring El Niño and La Niña weather phenomenon in the country. 

Mayor Gomez looks forward to capitalizing on the gains in the agriculture and other sector to push forth his administration's battle cry: “Get Ormoc Moving Again (GOMA)” on his first term. 

He is expected to meet the officials and staff of the City Agricultural Services Office (CASO) in Ormoc City to dovetail plans with the long term plans of his administration in order to help improve the way of living of the city’s farmers and fisherfolk. 

Gomez defeated incumbent mayor Edward Codilla during the 9 May Local and National Elections. (Sinirangan News Plus)
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