To ensure sufficiency of food crops, about 64,373.56 hectares are devoted for agricultural production. Of this, 60,818.56 or 94.48% are planted with major crops such as rice, corn, coconut, abaca, banana and mango. The remaining 3,555 or 5.52% are planted with other agricultural crops like cassava, durian, pineapple, coffee and root crops.
However, despite available tract of land for agriculture, agricultural production is below optimum.
To respond to the issue on low productivity, support shall be given to improve physical infrastructure for higher agricultural production. These include farm-to-market roads, irrigation, pre and post harvest facilities and common service production facilities. A total of 63.02 kms. of farm-to-market roads shall be constructed to support higher agricultural productivity.
Investments in agricultural production shall be encouraged through improved policies in the supply of agricultural easy credit access. Through the Provincial Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office and the Department of Trade and Industry, market linkages shall be facilitated by a favorable policy and program for trade and transport. Market information shall be organized and made accessible to producers/farmers through managed information systems.
The Provincial Agriculturist Office, Provincial Veterinarian’s Office and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office shall provide technical and extension services to farmers and farmer communities. These shall cover production technologies, entrepreneurship, cooperative development and management, and environmental and resource management. Community organizing activities shall complement these extension efforts all to increase agricultural production and farmers income.
Bolder steps shall be undertaken to formulate and strictly implement agricultural development plans, e.g., the Strategic Agricultural and Fishery Development Zone (SAFDZ) and the agricultural protected area network in the municipalities in order to enhance the food security plan. Utilization of idle lands that is potentially viable for cultivation shall be encouraged to make them productive and profitable.
To address poverty issues, a total of 29,343 has. in the co-management area of LasBueNasCar shall be devoted for tree plantations and/or agro forestry development and would generate an estimated income of 16.4 Billion. This strategy would improve the supply of water to the lowlands, prevent soil erosion and massive flooding during typhoons and heavy rains.
To apply strategies in mitigating the effects of climate change, effort must be done to develop dry land rice cultivation, minimize waste decomposition, promote wider use of organic fertilizer and reduce pesticide use.
The agriculture, fishery and forestry sectors, including mining and quarrying industries, as major contributors to the provincial economy, shall be developed to spur the desired economic growth as well as the creation of new job opportunities for the provinces’ residents. However, environmental consequences of resource extractive undertaking shall be of utmost concern.
The province aim to preserve the balance between economic prosperity and environmental integrity.
To further optimize the utilization of the potential resources of the area, the province is divided into four (4) Growth Centers, and two (2) declared Special Economic Zones, namely, the Nasipit Agusan del Norte Industrial Estate (NANIE) and Tubay Agri-Processing Center (TAPCEN). These two identified special economic zones are envisioned to generate extensive industrial activities, particularly the processing of local agricultural and mineral products. The balanced development and conservation of Lake Mainit, through the Lake Mainit Integrated Area Development (LMIAD), is a continuing partnership of the neighboring provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte.
The provincial government has identified the four growth centers which serve as convergence areas for the cluster of municipalities. These municipalities are classified and grouped on the basis of their politico-administrative, economic and socio-cultural functions. The main purpose of establishing these centers is to determine the appropriate interventions that will maximize its service capacity.
The identified growth centers are the following:
As a way to penetrate more markets, boost production and ensure the supply of agricultural products for processing, industry clustering shall be pursued.
Being the site of PhilRice, the country’s rice researchinstitution and producer of quality rice seeds, R.T.R. will lead the Rice Industry Cluster.
Cabadbaran shall capitalize on the existing banana plantation in their area and shall lead the Banana Industry Cluster. With this, the banana industry players in the municipality would initiate opening up more export markets for cavendish and other banana varieties. A cluster among those who are providing forward processing links to the crop – producers of chips, fritter, catsup, and other products also pool resources to operate the Banana Processing Center.
As the log pond of the province, the location of wood processing plants and host to industry players, Magallanes will serve as the lead player of Forestry-Based Cluster. This expands the municipality’s plywood production activities and makes the place stand as the lumber capital of the province. From out of sawdust briquettes are among the new products being offered by the cluster for both the domestic and export markets.
BUENAVISTA, one of the major coconut producing areas in the province, takes the leadership role in the Coconut Cluster. Starting out with coconut farmers addressing concerns to regenerate and expand coconut farms, the cluster has established ties with a cluster of processors that pool resources, seek investments, secure government interventions and give rise to a Coconut Processing Complex which produce products as varied as copra, coco juice, coco chips, coco shreds, coconut oil, virgin oil, soap input, animal feed inputs and charcoal are produced.
CARMEN, known for its export-quality mango, leads the Fruits Cluster. The other municipalities which produces same commodity are Nasipit and Buenavista.
LAS NIEVES LEADS the coffee cluster and the special program for food sufficiency. The cluster, which took off with coffee farmers working for the regeneration and expansion of coffee farms, has raised the provinces’ coffee production level.
As Host to a large-scale mining operation, Tubay shall lead the mining and quarrying industry cluster.
The projects determined in the clustering would evolve for each of the city/municipalities the following specific roles presented in Table 140.
Tourism, as an emerging industry shall also be given consideration by virtue of its potential as an economic driver. Identified tourism/eco-tourism areas shall be assessed so as not to affect the ecological integrity of the natural environment as well as cultural well-being of the affected local communities. The Tubay Mining cum Sustainable Tourism Development Plan which provides a comprehensive framework for the establishment of sustainable tourism projects in tandem, either directly or indirectly with the mining industry in order for these projects to play key roles in propelling economic development shall be implemented.