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The Department of Agriculture (DA) is eyeing a rebound in Eastern Visayas’ agricultural output this year, citing favorable weather.

Regional focal person of the DA’s High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), Francisco Dayap, said the region will not likely experience prolonged dry season and extended rainy days this year.

“We are expecting a positive growth in vegetable and root crop production this year because the weather seems favorable and so far, there has been no forecast of extended abnormal weather,” he said.

The DA has been mapping out strategies to raise output this year after a production shortfall in 2016. The farm department, in partnership with local government units, will distribute 900 kg. of assorted vegetable and root crop planting materials in the region.

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“Many non-governmental organizations have been helping us promote vegetable cultivation. The support for vegetable and root crops is through the distribution of assorted seeds,” Dayap said.

In 2016, high-value crop production in Eastern Visayas dropped by 1.9 percent.

These crops include mongo, peanuts, cabbage, eggplant, sweet potato, and cassava. (PNA) CVL/SQM/JRBS

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