Fifty rice farmer leaders participated in the Department of Agriculture - Rice Information Caravan (DA9 - InfoCar) in the municipality of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte on February 17, 2021.
The Inforcar is in collaboration with DA Attached Agencies namely; Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), National Food Authority (NFA), and the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC).
In this year’s 16th National Quality Corn Achievers Award (NQCAA) cum 14th Philippine National Corn Congress, Zamboanga Peninsula remains to hold the title for the Cornucopia Award for the second time. The Local Government Unit of San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur headed by municipal mayor Angelito L. Martinez II receives four million pesos worth of project for winning the first place. Dapitan City won the same award last year.
The World Bank has admired the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) and the Provincial Local Government Unit of Zamboanga del Norte for hurdling numerous obstacles to complete the compensation process with the Project Affected Persons (PAPs) at Kalawit-Labason farm-to-market road.
Agriculture Economist and Task Team Leader Frauke Jungbluth in September extended the bank’s commendation to the PRDP team through National Project Director Ariel T. Cayanan and Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Government for successfully completing the Project Affected Persons’ (PAPs) compensation process in full compliance with the safeguard policies relative to the rehabilitation/concreting of 32.27 kilometer Kalawit-Labason farm-to-market road (FMR).
A Multi – Pass Rice Mill worth PhP 4Million under the Post Harvest Processing Equipment Facilities Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office IX (DA – RFO 9) was turned over to Timbermines Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TIMMULCO) in San Isidro, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur on Friday, January 04, 2019.
“The wait is over because it is already here. Our cooperative is so honored to operate a multi – pass rice mill here in San Isidro, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur. We have more than 1000 hectares rice fields and we can guarantee that this rice mill will be beneficial to all the farmers in our municipality. As one of the Rice Achievers in the region, Bayog will continue to produce quality milled rice, clean and with minimal grain breakage,” said Engr. Mario Baterna, Chairman of TIMMULCO.