Despite the adverse climate that plagued Zamboanga Peninsula this week, the Department of Agriculture RFO-9 High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) still carried out its mission to serve and provide for the farmers through its outreach programs held in the municipalities of Bayog and Midsalip in Zamboanga del Sur.

Two hundred local farmers enjoyed free vegetable seeds such as string beans, pechay and calabasa, and rubber seedlings for the farmers in Bayog and cacao seedlings for those from Midsalip, including assorted information materials on crops production.

At the forefront of the activity was HVCDP staff Anisa Alamada who introduced to the farmers the different programs of DA focusing on the functions and services of HVCDP. She also gave updates on the assortment of HVCDP crops and the guidelines on how to avail them.

Also present during the event was Maria Lina Repollo of the DA-Regional Soils Laboratory who stressed the importance of soil testing and analysis embarking on the proper ways of gathering the soil sample down to the requisites in claiming the soil test results.

Representatives from the DA-Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) Henry Povadora and Nora Sabellano also took the stage addressing the common pests and diseases rampant in each area and introducing new ways to combat these enemies such as the use of biological control agents and trichogramma, among others.

The Municipal Agriculturist Officers and other local government officials including Midsalip municipal mayor Leonida Angcap and Bayog councilor Horace Paul Anlap also graced the event expressing their gratitude and support to DA’s agenda for the farmers regionwide. (Darwin Reyes/DA9)

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