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Davao Oriental eyes partnership with state university for agri processing plants

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RICE FARMS bounded by coconut trees in Davao Oriental. — BW FILE PHOTO

THE DAVAO Oriental provincial government is planning to tap experts from the Davao Oriental State University (DoRSU) to set up processing plants for agricultural products using local funds. Nelson L. Dayanghirang, in his speech during Friday’s Christmas party for local government employees, said given the “lack of investors” coming into the province, he wants the local government itself to embark on the development of business opportunities for residents, particularly the farmers. He said the “main thrust is to empower the people, especially the farmers, to become more enterprising rather than just receiving dole out assistance from the government.” “We have to dig deep on how to improve the lives of our farmers. We have to offer them more than what we used to,” he said. The governor said the establishment of locally-funded processing plants will open a market for farm produce as well as provide an additional income to the provincial government for development programs. The DoRSU was previously named, and still more known as, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology. It was upgraded into university status in May this year.

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