DAGUPAN CITY, March 8 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured Pangasinenses that there is a sufficient supply of food for the province.
Edmundo M. Quinit, Region 1 chief of the Agricultural Extension Program Division, said the province planted enough high-value crops, including rice, corn, and mango last year.
The country has been experiencing a mild La Niña causing above average amount of rainfall for irrigation, he said during the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency office on Thursday.
He said the province harvested palay last year from a total 242,433 hectares of land, which constituted 60 percent of palay harvested in Region 1.
Meanwhile, all provinces registered increase in palay yield per hectare last year, with Ilocos Norte topping the list with 4.6 metric ton per hectare.
According to him, the province has no need to import rice right now and it is even capable of exporting one. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)