Monday, December 6, 2010
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)
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)
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)