Monday, December 6, 2010

DA 13 Agri Chief: “In Attaining 2013 Rice Sufficiency Target…Di Tayo Pahuhuli”

by: Aurell P. Arais

Butuan City - “Di tayo pahuhuli, kasama ninyo ko d’yan” (we should not be left out, count on me), these are the words uttered by Regional Executive Director Reinerio B. Belarmino, jr. in inspiring agricultural technologists to actively takes part of the rice self sufficiency target by the year 2013.

In response of the marching order of Agriculture Secretary Proseco J. Alcala to increase rice production so as the country will halt importing rice in 2013, Belarmino said that every stakeholders should do its part.

Belarmino was the guest of honor during the opening of the season-long Training on Trainers (TOT) on rice production of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Los Angeles, Butuan City recently.

RED Belarmino lauded ATI Caraga for conducting such training in which he said can greatly enhanced the knowledge of every participating agricultural technologists.

In turn, he challenged every participant to impart their knowledge and expertise to the farmers on their respective localities after they completed the season-long training.

“You are our partners, it is a big challenge for us” said Belarmino as he recognizes every local government units as collaborator towards food security.

He said there two major ways in attaining sufficiency in rice, one of which is increasing the hectarage planted with rice through expanding irrigated areas and increasing cropping index while the other one is increasing the yield through the use of high quality rice varieties and nutrient and water management.

He also gives emphasis on effective pest and disease management as he bared his plan to set up soon a Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) to focus on pest and disease management in the region.

Currently the sufficiency level on rice of the country ranged from 85 to 90 percent.

Meanwhile Training Project Officer Heracleo Paler of ATI said that the season-long TOT on rice production will run from period November 8, 2010 to March 18, 2011. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA CARAGA)


Soil Sampling Key to a Successful Farming

by: Aurell P. Arais

Butuan City – Caraga Regional Corn Coordinator Abel Wagas reiterated the importance of soil analysis before planting a particular crop to attain optimum yield.

In an interview with Tingog sa Kaumahan a radio program of the Department of Agriculture Caraga aired over DXMK FM, Wagas said it is a must for the farmers to undergo their respective plot on soil analysis to know if it is necessary to apply fertilizer and or what kind and how much of fertilizers are needed in the soil.

“Dapat lang gyud nga magpa-soil analysis kay lisod nang magtagna-tagna ta, kwarta gud ang buhian niana aron igasto sa abono” (It is really necessary to have soil analysis than guessing since you are spending money for the fertilizer), he said.

Wagas also discourage practice of some farmers in just replicating their fellow farmers on their fertilizer application ratio since the soil in the region vary from one area to another even in the distance of just a few meters away.

For proper soil sampling method, Wagas urged farmers to consult their respective municipal or city agricultural technologists or visit any of the nearest agricultural research stations.

Wagas said that farmers need not to worry on the cost of soil sampling since it is free of charge on the Regional Soil Testing Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture situated in Barangay Taguibo, Butuan City. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA CARAGA)


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MRDP-RPCO 13 Conducts Bookkeeping Seminar to CFAD Recipients

Trento, Agusan del Sur - Proper recording on every transaction within an organization is fundamental for good management.

The underlying principle that prompted the accounting division of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 13 the Regional Program Coordinating Office (RPCO) to conduct bookkeeping seminar to recipients of livelihood projects funded by Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) particularly under the Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) component.

Gerry Leop, accounting division chief said that based on experience during projects monitoring, some of the peoples organization who are recipients of MRDP-CFAD failed to show proper financial records.

As per assessment, recipients lack the necessary knowledge to do the recording or bookkeeping, thus Leop said they decided to extend such seminars to interested recipients.

One of such simple bookkeeping seminar took place last November 12, 2010 in Trento Agusan del Sur right after a ceremonial launching and awarding of certificates to four recipients of CFAD projects.

Gracing the occasion were CFAD Regional Coordinator John Gamboa of DA RFU 13, Mayor Johnmark Billanes, DMD and other local officials of Trento LGU and members and officers of the four PO recipients.

The recipients are Trento Agusan Manat Farmers Association Incorporated and Barangay San Isidro Farmers Association both recipients of Banana Cassava and Carabao Production; Road 75 Indigenous People’s Cooperative with their Abaca Intercropped with Cassava and Carabao Production; and Tudela Farmers Association with Carabao Production with Ampalaya.

Each proponent is required to submit financial records to MRDP through their municipal accounting office to liquidate the 250,000 pesos funding support.

The simple bookkeeping seminar followed shortly with Gerry Leop assisted with Britta Paulin. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA CARAGA)


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Surigao City LGU Allocates Bigger Chunk of Budget for Agri over Infra

Surigao City – The newly elected city mayor of Surigao Ernesto Matugas set a clear direction for the city to prioritize agriculture through allocating bigger chunk of budget from 20 percent development fund over infrastructure.

Probably first time in the whole country the local government unit (LGU) of Surigao will allocate 70% for agriculture and aquaculture while the remaining 30% will be for infrastructure taken from the 20% development fund of the city.

The amount is totally reverse from the previous administration which according to him allocated the 30% for agriculture while 70% for infrastructure.

“Bahala na mangasuko nako ang mga contractor kay 30 porseyinto lang ang maila, ang importante sa ako kamo mga mag-uuma ug mga mangingisda” (I don’t care contractors will got irked of me because only 30% are due to them, what is important to me are you, farmers and fisherfolks), he said boldly during a forum with the farmers.

Matugas said that under his administration the city of Surigao will embark more on food production.

Meanwhile, Matugas lauded the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 13 through the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID) for conducting University on the Air in the province of Surigao del Norte including Surigao City on Hybrid Rice Production.

During the mass enrollment held last July 13-15, 2010, Matugas notably the lone local chief executive who attended the activity said that giving an opportunity to the farmers to study rice production through a radio station is a great contributory factor towards the attainment of food sufficiency program of the government.

Regional Agriculture and F isheries Information Division (RAFID) OIC Rebecca Atega, was overwhelmed due to hundreds of farmers flocked during the mass enrollment that took place in Tagana-an, Placer, San Francisco and Bacuag in Surigao del Norte and in Surigao City and soon in Sison.

The University on the Air on Hybrid Rice Production, an advocacy program of RAFID will start August 4, 2010 and ends November 24, 2010 through farm casters Zenaida Peramide of Surigao del Norte Provincial Agriculture Office and Aurell Arais of RAFID DA-RFU 13. (Aurell P. Arais/ RAFID DA-CARAGA)


Monday, August 16, 2010

DA-CARIARC Hosts RDE Network 2nd Quarter Zonal Meeting 2010 Successfully

by: Aurell P. Arais

Trento, Agusan del Sur - The Caraga Integrated Agricultural Research Center of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 13 (DA-CARIARC) successfully hosted the 2nd Quarter Zonal Meeting of Mindanao Zonal Research Development and Extension (RDE) Network last June 23-25, 2010.

Supported by DA RFU 13, Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) the three days zonal meeting was participated in by key research and extension personnel from region 9 led by Regional Technical Director (RTD) Constancio Alama, Region 10 led by RTD Lester Jaducana, Region 11 led by RTD Romulo Palcon, Region 12 led by RTD Jimmy Olivo and Caraga Region led by RTD Edgardo D. Dahino.

Also present were BFAR XI Director Jorge Campeon and BAR Coordinator for Caraga Engr. Rodolfo Fernandez.

During the opening program, Municipal Mayor Irenea Hitgano of Trento wherein CARIARC is situated, recognized the importance of R&D in agricultural development and shared her vision for farmers towards economic freedom that serves a driving force for her to write a book about natural farming system.

To update the participants on what are the latest; Salve Ritual, Chief of Research Coordination Division and Digna Sandoval, Chief of Technology Commercialization Unit of BAR reported BAR updates.

Presided by RTD Dahino and RTD Jaducana various agenda were tackled during the meeting proper including some plans and proposals.

The 2nd Quarter Zonal Meeting culminates with a field tour.

CARIARC Center Chief Wilfreda Maslog was so gratefully to all staff of DA RFU 13 headed by OIC Regional Executive Director Constancio C. Maghanoy, Jr.,for extending support and assistance that makes the hosting of DA-CARIARC of the meeting successful. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA CARAGA)


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Farmers and Fisherfolks Month in Caraga Region

by: Aurell P. Arais

Hailed as the backbone of the country, farmers and fisherfolks alike were given due recognition especially in the month of May for the Farmers and Fisherfolks Month celebration. This year’s theme “Magsasaka at Mangingisda Sama-samang Harapin ang Hamon ng Climate Change Gamit ang Makabagong Teknolohiya “ seems so fitting as different LGUs become aware of the effects on climate change to the agriculture sector. Thus, in this year’s commemoration, discussion on climate change has been the focus.

In Caraga Region, various local government units (LGU) conducted activities in line with the celebration for the year 2010.

Last May 5, 2010, Carrascal in Surigao del Sur celebrated it with a grand parade and various contest participated in by different farmers and fisherfolks association.

Local Chief Executive Alfred Arreza said that the economy of Carrascal relies mainly on farming and fishing activities thus they are given priority by the local government through the Municipal Agriculture Office under the leadership of Municipal Agriculturist Edgardo P. Intano.

It was the 5th Farmers and Fisherfolks Month Celebration of the town.

Meanwhile on May 18, the LGU of San Francisco, Surigao del Norte conducted its Joint 23rd Municipal Agriculture & Fishery Council (MAFC) Day and Farmers & Fisherfolks Month at the Municipal Gym.

As Municipal Agriculturist Marieto Clerigo said, San Francisco is the only town that has consistently celebrated the Farmers & Fisherfolks Month annually.

Among of the highlights of the activity was the Agro-Trade Fair which was participated in by the different barangays of the said town.

The participants displayed various products in their barangay wherein Barangay Banbanon was adjudged as the winner.

The City of Cabadbaran also took part in the celebration last May 26 through a Farm Family Forum in which DA-13’s Regional Technical Director for Administration, Finance & Regulatory Teodora P. Fiel, DVM graced the occasion.

In her address, RTD Fiel lauded the officialdom of Cabadbaran LGU led by Mayor Dale Corvera for conducting such activity which is an indication of a strong commitment of the town to empower the farmers and fisherfolks. She also acknowledged the efforts done by the Office of the City Agriculturist through CA Floreza D. Montalban and staff for being the led of the said occasion.

On the other hand, in Barobo, Surigao del Sur , a culminating activity to commemorate the Farmers and Fisherfolks Forum was conducted wherein Municipal Agriculturist Lyrio R. Campos presented the programs and projects implemented by Barobo LGU though the Municipal Agriculture Office. The participants were given time to exchange views and ideas thus the forum served as a consultation between the local officials of LGU in to further improve local governance.

A mass dog vaccination against rabies was also conducted during the event to curb the reported rising problem of dog bites in the municipality. There was also an agrivan showing of the different agricultural technologies through the DA-RAFID . (Aurell P. Arais/ Vanessa P. Sanchez/ RAFID DA CARAGA)