By: Edipolo A. Mosquito, Jr.
To boost backyard and communal gardening in every barangay of the municipality, the Municipal Agriculture Office of LGU Alegria, Surigao del Norte through Mrs. Bencula T. Dandan the Municipal Agriculturist, distributed assorted vegetable seeds to the 12 barangays during the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) meeting held at the SB session hall on March 12, 2009 which was presided by their ABC President, Hon. Ferdinand L. Angob, the Barangay Captain of Brgy. Julio Ouano, this municipality.
This is in response of the food security program of the Department of Agriculture in which Hon. Mayor Dominador G. Esma, Jr. is very supportive considering that Alegria is classified as an agricultural municipality. In fact, this place was tagged before as the vegetable bowl of the province. Thus, he instructed immediately Mrs. Dandan to procure vegetable seeds enough for distribution to
the 12 barangays. The funds used in the procurement of these seeds came from the 20% development fund of the LGU under the agricultural development program allocation for this year, 2009.
Mayor Esma is very optimistic that with the initial procurement of these vegetable seeds, vegetable production in the locality will increase. He added that this kind of activity will continue in support also to the Clean and Green program of the Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte. He further said that by extending free agricultural inputs to farmers, they will be encourage to produce more and it means additional income to this sector.