Thursday, February 20, 2014

News Feature/ DA’s FMR: Linking Producers to the Market

Whether it’s a myth or not, some would say number 13 connotes bad luck but here in Caraga Region, 13 is a figure of accomplishment.

.Municipal Agriculturist Agapito Taguba and Brgy. Kagawad Maxuel  
Jusain, inspected DA’s FMR project traversing Brgy. Himamaug 
of Taganaan, Surigao del Norte
The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 13 accomplished 13 concrete farm to market roads (FMR) regionwide with a length close to 13 kilometers and with a total project cost including LGU counterpart of more than P194 M.

The implementations of said projects were based on the proposals emanating from the respective LGU recipients and compliance of the required documents.

Of the 13 FMR completed projects, three were implemented in Surigao del Norte particularly in the municipalities of Gigaquit, Taganaan and San Francisco; three in Agusan del Sur in the municipalities of San Francisco, Trento and in Bayugan City; seven in Agusan del Norte particularly in Magallanes, Buenavista, Santiago, Jabonga, Nasipit and Butuan City.

Three of the said FMR were implemented through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the rest were implemented under the respective LGU.

Completion of the projects were respectively funded through the Farm to Market Road Development Program (FMRDP), Caraga Integrated Development Program (CIDP), Support to Emergency and Livelihood Assistance Project 2 (SELAP) and the Bottom-Up-Budgeting now known as Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP).

Maxuel Jusain, a barangay kagawad of Himanaug, Taganaan, Surigao del Norte said that the FMR implemented in their barangay stirred-up the economic activity in their area.

“Kaniadto kining ang imong agi-anan daut kaayo. Way musulod dinhi nga mga sakyanan aron paghakot sa mga abot sa among mga mangingisda ug mga mag-uuma, pero karon nga nia na ning FMR hayahay na gyud” (This is a bumpy area before. No transportation vehicle would come here to fetch the products from our fisherfolks and farmers until the implementation of this FMR. It is such a relief.) Kagawad Jusain said.

He also narrated that prior to the implementation of the FMR, farmers had to carry the burden of paying high labor cost from P30-P40 per bag to the highway but now transport vehicle can traverse freely in the farming communities.

Around 400 households mostly farmers and fisher folks are dwelling in the area and could directly benefit the convenience of the road with an influence area of 339 hectares.

An FMR project funded under DA-SELAP serving the farming 
and fishing communities in Brgys. Banbanon and Diaz,
 San Francisco, Surigao del Norte.
Meanwhile Genaro Jacob , barangay chairman of Banbanon, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte said that with the completion of the FMR in their area traversing the farming communities on one side and beach area in the opposite side sees the opportunity for agri-tourism development.

He added that the implementation of the said FMR eased the burden of the farmers and fisherfolks in delivering their produce to the market while giving convenience to beach goers.

“Mapasalamaton gyod ko sa DA kay dako kaayo ug kaayuhan nga natampo ang kalsada nga among nabatunan”(I am so grateful to DA because the FMR that we have now contributed much for the betterment of our barangay), he concluded.

Overseeing the implementation of the said infrastructure projects is the Engineering Division of DA RFO 13 under the leadership of Engr. Rene Morales.

He said that farm to market road projects of the Department of Agriculture are implemented to provide access of the farm or aqua products to the market. (Aurell P. Arais / RAFID DA CARAGA)


DA Caraga Turns-over Organic Agriculture Projects to Sibagat LGU

Sibagat LGU Committee on Agriculture Chairman Mardovic Benigian (wearing
cap) cuts the ribbon assisted by RAFID staff Aurelius Arais (your blogger)
representing DA RFO 13. Also in the photo (partly hidden) are Sibagat 
Executive Secretary Zosimo Chenido and Agusan del Sur Organic Agriculture
Focal Person Nila Estrada
Sibagat, Agusan del Sur - The local government unit of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur is now on its full swing of its implementation on the organic agriculture program.

This further strengthen with the half a million worth of equipments received by the Sibagat LGU from the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 13.

In a turn-over ceremony held at the Municipal Training Center of the Municipal Agriculture Office last December 9, 2013, Executive Secretary Zosimo Chenido representing Municipal Mayor Thelma Lamanilao lauded DA Caraga for spearheading the implementation of the organic agriculture program since it goes tandem with their local waste management program .

“Nindot ni kay dili na unya magsige ang mga mag-uuma sa pagpalit ug mga inorganic nga abono unya dako ning tabang sa among waste management program” (It is better because farmers could no longer keep on buying inorganic fertilizer and it could boost our waste management program), Chenido said.

DA RFO 13 turned-over to Sibagat LGU the newly constructed Natural Farming Technology System (NFTS) and Vermi-Compost Production Center with the corresponding equipments amounting to P450,000.00 situated within the Municipal Agriculture Office vicinity with an LGU counterpart of P120,800.00.

With the advent of the project, the Municipal Agriculture Office is now more well equip of conducting trainings to farmers on organic farming.

Through vermi-production and Natural Farming Technology System (NFTS) wastes from the farms will be processed and converted to be a natural fertilizer thereby protecting the environment.

Implementation of the organic agriculture program is stipulated under the Republic Act 100068 otherwise known as Organic Agriculture Act of 2010. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA CARAGA)


DA Caraga Turns-over Farm Tractor to Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte

Butuan City – The Caraga Agri-Pinoy Corn Program further beefed up its farm mechanization component through the provision of a farm tractor for the municipality of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

One unit of a 4- wheeled farm tractor was turned-over for the said municipality held at DA Research Outreach Station in Taguibo, Butuan City recently.

Las Nieves Chief Executive Avelina Rosales (seating) got a chance to try 
an actual operation of the farm tractor after the turn-over ceremony. 
With her (from left to right) DA Caraga Legal Officer Nicandro Navia,
 SB Timoteo Largo, DA RFO 13 Acting Director IV Edna Mabeza and 
former Butuan City and Agusan del Norte 1st District Representative 
Jose Aquino II.

Gracing the occasion was DA Caraga’s  Director Edna M. Mabeza, Engr. Rene Morales of RAED and Mayor Avelina Rosales of Las Nieves.

Also attending the turn-over ceremony was former Butuan City and Agusan del Norte 1st District Representative Jose Aquino II who co-funded the project during his term of office.

In his speech, Aquino extended his heartfelt gratitude to DA Regional Field Office for still acknowledging his support for the farmers although he is no longer in the congressional office at this point in time.

Dako gyud ang akong pasalamat sa DA kay bisan wala nako sa poder giila pa gihapon ang akong paningkamot alang sa kalambuan sa katawhan” (I am so thankful to the DA, though I am no longer in the office still my effort to support the program for people’s development had been recognized”, he said.

Mayor Rosales on her part emotionally thanked former Congressman Aquino for various projects undertaken during his administration for her constituents in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

Director Mabeza was also thankful to Aquino for being a partner for the development of the farming community.

Aside from the farm tractor, DA Caraga also turned-over to Las Nieves LGU a rice reaper.

Las Nieves is a major producer of corn in the Province of Agusan del Norte and an awardee of the recent Quality Corn Achievers Awards undertaken by the National Corn Program of the Department of Agriculture. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA CARAGA)