Linden farmers keen on diversification

-following hike in region’s budgetary allocation

Coconut farmer and agro-processor, Owen DeSouza showing students the steps to making coconut oil. (DPI photo)

Region Ten has been allocated its largest ever budgetary provision of $3.9 billion, an increase of over $500 million when compared to 2018’s allocation and this has spurred more interest in agriculture.

According to a Department of Public Information (DPI) press release, Regional Chairman, Renis Morian, recently announced that in light of the increased allocation, agriculture will now be a programme head at the RDC. This will enable farmers to promote measures of diversification, since they will now be receiving the financial and technical assistance to do so.

Morian explained that the RDC is aiming to strengthen the region’s food security base and to limit its dependency on other regions for agricultural produce. He said that programmes to raise awareness on the importance of agriculture will be initiated and technical and material support in the form of training, seeds, tools, etc., will also be given to all those who take up the mandate to farm, the DPI release also added…..

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