AgSur LGU revives Abaca industry, expands production

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) -- As Sibagat, Agusan del Sur envisions to become an organic agricultural land municipality, Mayor Maria Liza Evangelista also wanted to revive the Abaca production and has plans to expand it.
 
“Abaca was identified as the One Town, One Product of Sibagat before. There had been many interventions introduced but when I assumed office in 2016, I discovered that it was slowing down and farmers had many concerns,” bared Evangelista.
 
She added that currently, the municipality has a little more than 6,000 hectares of Abaca. “We really want to revive it and really expand production. We are the capital in terms of Abaca. We also give support to the women who used to weave 'sinamay' products, and produce fine fabrics called Abaca Pinukpok,” she said.
 
“Our vision is for Sibagat to be an organic municipality. Since we started our advocacy in 2017, the feedback from farmers has been positive. As of now, we have 4,000 hectares of agri land and this is what we are targeting to be converted into an organic agricultural land,” elaborated Evangelista.
 
The mayor further said that since 2016, they studied the assets of Sibagat to identify what they could show to the rest of the country. “We are rich in natural resources so we drafted the Municipal Tourism Development Plan. We've identified two waterfalls with eco-tourism potential, and hopefully, the construction of the road leading up to them will start this year. We're also giving out capability building on what can be manufactured here, and we're targeting to have it developed by 2023 or 2024,” she underscored.
 
The economy of Sibagat in the province of Agusan del Sur is dependent heavily on subsistence agriculture. Its major agricultural products are coconut, corn, coffee, cacao, fruits, vegetables, and root crops. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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