Cultivate hybrid seeds. Use mechanized farming equipment. Acquire irrigation. Avail of the rice crop insurance. These were the prime advocacies imparted to a sum of 200 rice farmers from the municipality of Kalawit in Zamboanga del Norte and Barangay Punta in Dipolog City during the Rice Information Caravan held last July 11 and 12 respectively.

DA 9 Asst Regional Director Maria Melba B. Wee turn over the RPC II Project to LAFFICO MPC head Lorna Abenes in the presence of Labangan LGU, PCIC, NFA and LAFFICO officers.

The Department of Agriculture IX (DA9) turned over the Rice Processing Center (RPC) II worth 16 million pesos to Labangan Farmers First Consolidated Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LAFFICO MPC) in barangay Bulanit, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur recently.

DA Operations with participating Seed Companies, LGU and stakeholders do a Thumbs-Up to join together for the promotion of hybrid rice and rice-sufficiency.

In a ten hectare rice field in barangay Blancia, Municipality of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office IX (DA9) has launched the Hybrid Rice technology derby.
As response to the advocacy of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for food security and sufficiency, the Department of Agriculture (DA) 9 through its Rice Commodity invited over 100 rice farmers to witness the launching of the Hybrid Rice Derby.

Twenty-six farmers graduate the season-long farmer field school (FFS) for corn in Lunzuran, Zamboanga City.
The Office of the City Agriculture (OCA) in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted the six-month field school from December 2016 to June 2017. The City Agriculture Corn Program served as subject specialists who conduct lectures with visuals and hands-on field demonstrations every week.

USec Atty Ranibai Dilangalen awards 1 million to the Rice Achievers of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur together DA 9 Rice Coordinator Evelyn Academia.

One million pesos was awarded to the Municipality of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur as the 2016 National Rice Achiever for having an outstanding production in the region.
Leonardo Babasa, Bayog Municipal Mayor together with his Municipal Agriculturist Nora Paredes and Agricultural Extension workers, Edwina Caray and Ronelo Magtorlol received the award at Philippine International Cultural Center (PICC) in Manila recently.

Three remote municipalities in the region were selected as recipients of the Department of Agriculture (DA-RFO9) Anniversary Outreach program held for three consecutive days this week. Together with DA Attached Bureaus and Agencies; (ATI, BFAR, BSWM, BAI, BAI-Vet Qua, BPI, BPI-NSQCS, PhilFIDA, NMIS, PRRI, PCC, PCIC, PFDA, PCA, PCA-ZRC, NFA, NIA and RAFC) extension support, services, food and planting materials were delivered on site to the municipalities of Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, and Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte.

R. T. Lim Mayor Michael Piodena (white polo shirt) and DA Regional Director Constancio G. Alama (blue polo shirt) lead the inaugural ribbon cutting for the 3.5 kilometer farm-to-market road. Assisting them are PRDP Deputy Project Director Dennis H. Palabrica (3rd from left) and San Antonio Barangay Captain Fernando Sonido, Sr. (center in orange shirt). Witnesses include contractor Bella Javier (beside Mayor Piodena); Municipal Engineer Rosemarie Balano (extreme left); Municipal Agriculturist Emil Ventura (4th from right) along with LGU officials and DA-PRDP personnel.

R.T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay - Easy and fast delivery of farm commodities is now enjoyed by farmers coming from Sitio Lugami to Barangay San Antonio since their 3.5 kilometer farm-to-market road is fully cemented early this year. Record shows that majority of the beneficiaries are Subanen.
“Seeing the concreted road makes me happy because this would mean improvement to the lives of the people here,” Department of Agriculture IX Regional Director Constancio G. Alama stated after having personally passed through the fully paved road together with Assistant Director Dennis H. Palabrica during its recent inauguration and turnover ceremonies.
Alama, is the regional project director for DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in Zamboanga Peninsula that provides 90 percent of the P38 Million worth of infrastructure project in R.T. Lim.

A black bug is commonly present in rainfed and irrigated areas. It prefers continuously cropped irrigated rice areas and poorly drained fields. It sucks the sap of the rice plant causing bug burn damage. Damaged plants turn yellowish and dry up the plant in severe cases.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) 9 through its Regulatory Division and Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) and the Municipal Local Government Units of Molave, Tukuran, Labangan, Guipos and Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur. conducted an operation black bug control recently.

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