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DAVAO CITY - Despite from the calamities that wreak havoc in Davao Region last 2012-2014, the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 reported that it has gradually coping to boost the production of the agri sector.

“Nakabawi na tayo unti-unti sa pananalasa ng Supertyphoon Pablo kung saan nagdulot ng malaking pinsala sa Region 11. Sa taong 2014, maganda ang ating naging performance dahil after two years nakabawi na ang mga affected provinces,” Director Remelyn R. Recoter said during the opening of the Farmers and Fisherfolks Month, on Monday.

She also reported that in 2014, Davao region had a seven percent growth rate in the year in terms of crop yield.

Out of the 16 regions, only five regions including region 11 got a positive performance in 2014.

Recoter also reported that in terms of rice production, the region had a two percent contribution to the national output making the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental won the recently concluded Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Award (APRAA) held in Manila.

“Although konti lang ang rice area natin pero bumawi naman tayo sa yield performance. Ibig sabihin lang nun maganda ang punla na ginagamit ng ating mga farmers,” Recoter explained.

Meanwhile, DA Farmer’s and Fisherfolk’s Month kicked off with the agri-trade fair exhibit at the DA Regional Office 11.

Recoter said that the celebration recognized the contribution of the farmers and fisherfolks especially to the economy by ensuring food security.

She also added that the farmers and fisherfolks festivity will be celebrated in the different provinces of Region 11.

“Iikot ang grupo sa iba’t-ibang probinsya para makalahok and ibang mga magsasaka na malayo dito sa Davao City. We wanted to disseminate across the region the possible technologies that we want to share to our farmers,” Recoter added. (Verceli Reambonanza/Mishel Caren Castilla DA-11)