TABUK CITY, Kalinga– The Office for the City Agricultural Services (OFCAS) conducted the geotagging of farm lands in Barangay Dagupan Weste.
Agriculturist Jayvee Andrada said that the purpose of geotagging of lands dedicated to planting rice, corn and other agricultural products is to come up with an accurate data of the total agricultural areas in the barangays.
He added that through this geotagging, OFCAS will be able to validate if the land area declared by the farmer-beneficiaries in the Registry System for Basic Sectors In Agriculture (RSBSA) form is correct.
During the activity, Andrada mentioned that the OFCAS targets to geotag all farm lands to come up with an exact data regarding farm area and the volume of production that these farm areas could possibly bring about.
Global Positioning System (GPS) device is used to ensure accuracy of data.
Before the actual geotagging, workers from the OFCAS interviewed with Cabaruan farmers using the Farmers Profile Form (FPF) to determine the following information such as farm location, farm lot number, name of owner, name of actual tiller, RSBSA Reference Number and number of parcels of land. It also sought to know the number of hectares each farmer has dedicated for rice, corn, vegetable, orchard and fruit trees production, as well as fishpond.
Accordingly, once all farm lands are geotagged, the data will be shared to the City Planning and Development Office as one of the basis for accurate planning and the Department of Agriculture for future services and intervention.