Monday, July 11, 2016

DA-SELAP Hastens Development in Caraga

DA-SELAP Phase 2 Tubo-Tubo, Cagwait FMR

Shortens travel time, convenience to transport agricultural and aqua products, boosts local trade.

These are just few of the perks enjoyed nowadays by the Caraganons who are directly benefitted from the implementation of the Support to Emergency and Livelihood
Assistance Program (SELAP) Phase II in various parts of the region.

Since the implementation of the SELAP Phase II in 2012, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 13 had implemented 12 farm to market roads with a total length of 8.585 kilometers amounting to P48.5 million.

All SELAP Phase II FMRs are fully concrete in adherence of the policy implemented by the current administration to make infra projects durable and could withstand all weather conditions.

The 12 farm to market roads are implemented at Buenavista, Magallanes and Santiago in Agusan del Norte; San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte and San Miguel, Lanuza and Cagwait in Surigao del Sur.  

These include the two newly completed FMRs in Cagdianao and Dinagat of the Province of Dinagat Islands.

The said projects were turned-over by DA Caraga to the LGU recipients last June 20, 2016 and on June 24, 2016 at Cagwait, Surigao del Sur. 

Side by side with the implementation of the farm to market roads are livelihood components to hasten the development of the service areas. 

A total of 19 livelihood projects were implemented amounting to P5.7 million and currently managed by the people’s organizations.

Each PO were funded P300,000.00 for their livelihood projects ranging from food processing, handicraft making and value added products from abaca and coconut.

Mayor Marc Adelson Longos of the Municipality of Cagdianao said that DA is the biggest contributor in terms of project for the development of their town.

“I am so grateful that DA Caraga keeps coming back here in our place to pour projects in our locality, which certainly helps in solving our problem particularly the road network,” Longos said.

Members of the Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa Cagwait (SAMACA), a recipient of the livelihood project in Cagwait, Surigao del Sur now supplies abaca handicraft in a well known resort in Surigao del Sur benefitting its members with an additional income for the family.

To ensure its sustainability, DA Caraga Regional Director Edna Mabeza urged the respective LGUs to conduct regular monitoring of the SELAP implemented projects.

“It is important that the project will sustain for a longer period of time so that recipients would enjoy its benefits even after the government interventions since SELAP is already on its final stage,” she said.

The Support to Emergency and Livelihood Assistance Project (SELAP) is a special project of the Government of the Philippines executed by the Department of Agriculture funded under the US Public Law 480 (US PL 480).

It is primarily designed to cater to the needs of the poorest or marginalized areas in Mindanao. It is implemented in Regions IX, XI and Caraga.

SELAP Phase 2 had been implemented since 2012 and supposed to terminate last year but it has been extended until June this year while SELAP Phase 1 run from 2006 to 2011. (Aurelius P. Arais/ DA Caraga)


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

DA Caraga and LGUs Prepares for Rainy Season

Prevention is better than cure!

An approach embraced by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 13 and its counterparts in the local governments in anticipation for possible emergence of pests and diseases on rice amid the incoming rainy season.

In Surigao del Sur, DA and the Provincial Agriculture Office conducted a talakayan with the farmers about rice pests and diseases last June 12-17, 2016.
One of the cluster in Cantilan, SDS with your blogger as facilitator

The talakayan (forum) was conducted in 7 clustered sites attended by almost 500 farmers and agricultural extension workers (AEWs) from 17 municipalities and two component cities, Bislig and Tandag.

Surigao del Sur Provincial Agriculturist Marcos Quico appealed to the AEWs to strengthen pest monitoring in their respective areas.

“I am urging all farmers to enhance the two way communication between farmers and agri-extensionists in order to address promptly in case of pests and diseases emergence,” Quico said.

DA Caraga Field Operations Division Chief (FOD) Rebecca Atega stressed the need that farmers should be resilient nowadays to sustain production amidst weather uncertainty.

“Our farmers need to be vigilant and capacitated on what to do in case of pests’ infestation to ensure food supply for the Filipinos,” she said.

Same activities are on the pipeline to be undertaken in other areas in Caraga for the coming days.

Last cropping season, some municipalities of Surigao del Sur experienced mild infestation of BPH where the situation had been curb earlier with adequate technical knowhow of the affected farmers.

As preventive measures for the current planting season, Surigao del Sur LGUs and DA will distribute metarhizium as an initial application to the farms against harmful insects affecting rice such as BPH and Rice Black Bug.

Metarhizium anisopliae, formerly known as Entomophthora anisopliae (basionym), is a fungus that grows naturally in soils throughout the world and causes disease in various insects by acting as a parasitoid. The fungus then develops inside the body eventually killing the insect after a few days through a disease called green muscardine disease because of the green color of its spores.

Metarhizium anisopliae is one of the biocontrol being developed in RCPC Caraga situated at Trento, Agusan del Sur.  (Aurelius P. Arais/DA Caraga)


Thursday, June 23, 2016

DA Caraga Turns-over Modern Corn Drying Facility to Agusan Farmers

Turn-over of key of responsibility with DA RED Edna Mabeza and Mayor Rosales

To help corn farmers attain premium quality of their produce, the Department of Agriculture Caraga turned-over another Village Type Corn Postharvest Processing Center to the farmers through the local government unit of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte last June 1, 2016.

The second unit established in the said town and third in the region, the Village Type Corn Postharvest Processing Center situated in Brgy. Pinana-an, is a modern drying and shelling facility worth P3.5 million pesos and has a capacity of processing 10 tons of corn.

The facility will process either freshly harvested corn in cob or shelled kernels that need further drying just for a very minimal fee.

DA Caraga Regional Director Edna Mabeza said that modern drying facility helps to eliminate poor quality of corn that may pose health hazard to human and animal due to aflatoxin.

“There are reports based on laboratory test results that some areas are having high aflatoxin level of corn produce which primarily means delayed drying after harvesting,” she said.

According to corn quality parameter, aflatoxin level of corn for feed purposes must not exceed the tolerable limit of 50 parts per billion (pbb) and for human consumption of not more than 20 pbb.

Las Nieves Mayor Avelina Rosales extended her gratitude to DA Caraga for supporting their corn farmers and vowed to implement measures to ensure sustainability of the project.

“I am urging the farmers to help maintain the facility because it is a multi-million peso project from the government and be cooperative on the policy that we are going to implement to make this project sustainable,” she said.

Aside from corn, the facility is also designed to dry palay thus making it more advantageous for the farmers.

The first Village Type Corn Postharvest Processing Center funded through DA is located at Brgy. Tiniwisan, Butuan City, followed by at Brgy. Malicato of Las Nieves and the third is the recently turned-over.

More of this kind is on the pipeline for completion in various parts of the region implemented under AgriPinoy Corn Program. (Aurelius P. Arais/DA Caraga)


Monday, May 30, 2016

Data: Vital for Agricultural Development

DA RFO 13 ARD Edgardo Dahino emphasizes the importance of data

Figure tells story.

To come up with a comprehensive outlook of the agricultural trends for rice and corn, the Department of Agriculture Caraga in partnership with the Philippine Statistics Authority is currently drafting an agricultural information and early warning system.

An initial step was the conduct of the orientation on rice and corn information and early warning system situation report preparation last May 24-26, 2016.

Armed with agricultural data, five provinces in Caraga Region including Butuan City, participated the activity and came up with their respective situation report.

Initially, the plan was to cover 2014-2015 cropping sessions but DA regional office geared towards expanding the scope to cover 2011-15 to come up a comprehensive outlook.

“This information is vital for our decision makers as well as for investors so they will have a clear picture what is the agricultural scenario here in Caraga,” Assistant Regional Director for Operations and LGU Support Edgardo Dahino said.

Reports from the respective local government units will be consolidated by the DA regional office to come up with the regional situation report and will be the basis for the crafting of the agricultural early warning system.

Data to be included are physical area of rice and corn and its ecosystems, weather pattern, production, government interventions and supports, marketing aspects, challenges, and more. 

To make it more comprehensive, data from attached agencies and other national line agencies engaged in serving the farmers such as National Irrigation Administration, Department of Agrarian Reform, National Food Authority, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Agricultural Training Institute among others will be incorporated.

Melchor Bautista, Statistical Operations and Coordination Division Chief of PSA Caraga said that agricultural information based on data is a vital tool in planning and decision making both for the government and farmers alike.(Aurelius P. Arais/DA Caraga)


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DA Caraga Sets in Motion for Women Empowerment

Mabuhay ang mga Kababayen-an!
The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 13 (DA RFO 13) strongly supports the empowerment of women by allocating 5% of its budget for Gender and Development (GAD) activities pursuant to Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW). 

Aside from funding support, DA RFO 13 took an active role during the celebration of women’s month every March through participating the civic parade, sports activities, forums and showcase of talents.

This year, Paterna Velasques, chairperson of Mangagoy Fishermen Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MAFISCO) in Bislig City was awarded as regional winner for the Search for Outstanding Rural Women.

She will be the contender for Caraga Region in the national level and the national awarding is tentatively set during the World Food celebration on October.

To capacitate the women, organic vegetable production training was conducted in Anticala, Butuan City recently. 

Other trainings are on the pipeline such as cacao production, banana chips processing and coffee production, including the conduct of reproductive health forum.

Implementation of GAD related activities and facilitating women concerns are given utmost priority through DA RFO 13 GAD focal person Isabelita Ocampo. (Aurelius P. Arais/DA Caraga).