The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Negros Occidental turned over 20,000 robusta coffee seedlings to three local government units and to the OPA-Integrated Correctional and Agricultural Technology yesterday.
Marjo Balinas, provincial coffee coordinator said the Negros First Coffee program of Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. aims to rehabilitate the coffee plantations in the province.
Since 1980s, more coffee plantations were converted to sugarcane farms, but the province is restoring coffee production since the coffee produced in the province is “flavorsome” compared to that of other provinces, Balinas said.
Diesel, kerosene rates
up P0.25 per liter
Oil firms raised prices of their diesel and kerosene yesterday by P0.25 per liter to reflect increases in international product prices.
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. and Chevron Philippines enforced the price hike at 12:01 a.m. while Phoenix Petroleum and Total Philippines at 6 a.m.
No adjustment was made for gasoline.
The Department of Science and Technology in Negros Occidental will conduct an “Assessors’ Training on Cleaner Production and Energy Efficiency” for 15 professionals and engineers June 27 to July 1 at the West Negros University.
Glady Tomulto, DOST science research specialist, said yesterday that the project aims to promote cleaner production by developing demonstration processing plants that will show the benefits of CP in terms of improved productivity and minimized waste generation.
She said the trained assessors will be accredited as consultants of DOST projects in the province and will be paid consultancy fees.