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.
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.