TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan—-Agriculture experts in Nueva Vizcaya are pushing indigenous onion and citrus raised organically to be among the province’s primary products for the common market of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Governor Ruth Padilla said the country has been preparing ground to make producers competitive in the exchange of commodities and services in an emerging Asean economic community.
“The preparation of a feasibility study will be undertaken while the Department of Agriculture will provide the assessment and evaluation for funding,” she said.
Acting provincial agriculturist Alexander Domingo said farmers are expected to boost their income with the endorsement of their products.
“They will be provided with assistance from the DA to improve their quality and quantity based on the demand of the market,” he said.
The Nueva Vizcaya State University conducted a Value Chain Analysis to guide the Provincial Program Management and Implementing Unit in submitting its project proposal to the DA “to further strengthen the productivity and marketability of local onion and mandarin products.”
According to Domingo, mandarin varieties are grown in Kasibu town which is acknowledged as citrus capital of the Philippines.