Envisioned to be globally competitive, sustainable, and technology-based agriculture and fishery sector, driven by productive and progressive farmers and fisherfolk, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office (RF0) 9 through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) in collaboration with the the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Philippine Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Go Negosyo team launched the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program at Casa Emsa, Pagadian City last week.

The Kapatid Agri-Mentor Me programs also aims to provide efficient value chains and well integrated in the domestic and international markets contributing to inclusive growth and poverty reduction.

A Rice Processing Center 1 (RPC-1) worth six million pesos was turned over by the Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) 9 under the Rice Commodity Program to the Dipili Farmers Association in Barangay Dipili, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur recently.

Municipal Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa grateful for the project, said“This Rice Processing Center is an answer to our farmers’ plea to acquire and possess a drying facility and processing center because our municipality’s primary source of income is farming. Majority of our land area is planted with rice.”

Implementation of the 18.22 kilometer concreting in Zamboangadel Sur started this July linking farm-to-market road from the municipalities of Josefina, Mahayag and Molave as I-BUILD subproject in the province through the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).

Ground works began this July after a series of ground breaking ceremonies were held last July 19 to 21 in nine barangays that the road concreting traverse. Provincial Governor Antonio H. Cerilles and Deputy Project Director Araceli Morano of PRDP’s Project Support Office led the ground breaking ceremonies.

The Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) in coordination with the Department of Agriculture IX Livestock Program are conducting a five-day training course on Statistics-based Decision Making.
According to Christopher E. Mojica, Statistician III of the PSRTI training division, the Training course on Statistics-based Decision Making will provide an understanding of the principles of inferential statistics. It will provide the basic knowledge in data processing, analysis of survey results using the PhSTAT/MegaSTAT, an add-in module of MS Excel; and derive evidence-based decision-making from using the statistics generated from the data collected. Mojica mentioned the benefits of the training, “the hands-on application techniques and skills learned in this training will allow them to do an informed decision-making with the aid-of a computing tool.”

Two awards given to Region IX DA-DAR-DENR-DILG Regional Convergence Initiative (RCI 9) during the recently National Convergence Summit (NCI) held in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
The Recognition for Successful Implementation of national Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) was given to the municipality of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte. Formerly the “poorest municipality” across the nation according to the National Statistics Coordination Board in 2003. Siayan since has dropped its poverty rate and has developed a growing economy and competing in agriculture with their famous product of rice and cassava wine, Pangase. The recognition was received by Siayan Mayor Flora Villarosa, where she also shared Siayan’s experience and success through convergence works.

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.

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