In light of the National Women’s Month celebration, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office IX (DA9) initiated a 4-day trade exposition dubbed as ‘Tienda-Tienda’ which will run from March 21 to 24 along Rizal Street (fronting RedCross), this city.

Eight (8) local traders participated in the said event showcasing their authentic products such as bagon gata, baulo, peanuts, peanut brittle, calamansi juice, banana crackers and alfajor, naturally grown crops like coconuts, watermelons, bananas, assorted fruits; black and brown rice, to include the organic vermicast fertilizer.

Some 1,300 participants composed of farmers, stakeholders, extension workers, City and Municipal Agriculturists joined the National Information Caravan conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in partnership with the Local Government of Zamboanga del Norte with the theme: “Agrikultura Para sa Pagbabago” held at Dipolog City Sports Complex, Brgy. Olingan, Dipolog City last week.

“The Information Caravan aims to raise awareness and bring the services of the department to the farmers by providing helpful and reliable information,” said Ms. Cheryl G. Suarez, Information Chief, Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (DA-AFID).

Showcasing the improved and developed hybrid varieties, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office IX (DA9) in collaboration with the Rice Productivity Advocacy Incorporated (Rice Board) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Dipolog City launched the National Rice Technology Forum (NRTF) in Barangay Olingan, Dipolog City.

“This road is built according to its standards. But if we leave this one unattended and not give importance, definitely this can be easily damaged.”

Department of Agriculture IX Director Constancio G. Alama, stressed in his message in last week’s inauguration and turnover of 6.96 kilometer concreted farm-to-market road connecting barangays Magsaysay, Villagracia down to Bagong Silang in Siay town, Zamboanga Sibugay province.

Some 13 Farmers Associations in the 2nd district of Zamboanga City receives their assistance from the Department of Agriculture – IX in the form of farm machinery and irrigation facility during the Mass Turnover ceremony held at the Culianan covered court on January 19, 2018.

Certificates of turnover for five (5) units Rice Threshers; three (3) units Hand Tractors; two (2) units Mud Boats; twenty-five (25) units Shallow Tube Wells; and concreting of 1,000 meters irrigation canal were received by the presidents of Bolong San Isidro Irrigation Association, Tindalo Farmers Association, Licopon-Bolong Irrigators Association, Km. 57 Buenavista Lower Irrigators Association, Inc., Camino Nuevo Farmers Association, Culianan Farmers Association, Bincul Farmers Association, Mercedes Farmers Association, Talabaan Farmers Association, Pook Farmers Association, Cabaluay Farmers Association, Guisao Farmers Association and Mangga-Bongiao Farmers Association.

Over 500 families affected by the recent typhoon Vinta were reached out by the Department of Agriculture (DA) alongside its attached agencies during its Agri-fishery Relief and Assistance Turnover on January 5 in Barangay Anungan, Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” F. Piñol himself entrusted to Barangay Anungan the assorted reliefs and assistance prepared by DA Region 9, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 9 (BFAR-IX), the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).

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