In the recently concluded Natural Rubber (NR) Technology Forum held in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay province, statistical records show Zamboanga Peninsula as rubber production capital in the country. However, “quality rubber” is an issue, said Agriculture Research Chief Engr. Roger O. Bagaforo.

Bagaforo said that the urgent need of a technology forum is very much in demand in Zamboanga Sibugay province where 80% of the region’s rubber production come from. He said “different technologies for quality rubber production are presented in this forum. We urge rubber farmers and producers to practice what they learn here and stop using materials like battery solution that deter the quality of rubber.”

For the first time the Philippines is no longer Bird flu free.

Other countries in Asia has been affected with bird flu and the Philippines then was free from it. But with the recent outbreak in Pampanga the country now is one of those with bird flu incidence.

To contain the spread of the virus, birds within the 1 kilometer radius in the affected farm in Pampanga were culled even if they are not yet affected with the bird flu. A New Memorandum Circular issued by the Bureau of Animal Industry in the temporary ban on the movement of poultry and poultry products from Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao. These are the precautionary measures that the Department of Agriculture is undertaking.

Zamboanga Peninsula - Cacao production will soon rise here as Zamboanga del Norte’s Cacao Production and Marketing Enterprise has finally secured the go signal from Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).

The Cacao Production and Marketing Enterprise is a five year business plan with a total project cost of P45.5 Million under Investment in Rural Enterprises and Agricultural and Fishery Productivity (I-REAP). It is the first PRDP subproject implemented in Region 9, according to I-REAP component head Ferdinand Gamorot.
However, he said it will be implemented in two separate packages. Package I is worth P33,995,304 for infrastructure component as well as for cacao production and farming support. Package II costs P11,555,352 as enterprise capital for fermenting and drying and trading. Based on the business plan, Package II implementation will be in the 3rd quarter of the 2nd year of Package 1 implementation.

A region-wide agribusiness market-matching forum gathered some 50 participants of municipal agriculturists and agribusiness coordinators in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay this week.

The activity spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture IX - Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) aims to gather information on the volume of the production of a certain commodity/product the municipality has to create a data base so that the department can direct any buyer to “where to buy what”.

The Department of Agriculture – Region IX, facilitated the conduct of Vaccinators’ Training on Rabies Prevention and Control Program this week at Lantaka Hotel, Zamboanga City. The training was a coordinated effort between DA and Department of Health IX.

A total of 90 participants for the two batches attended the training. They were Municipal Agricultural Officers, Livestock Technicians from Sibugay, Isabela City, Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Del Norte. Joining the group were provincial veterinarians and staff from the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVET), Zamboanga City.

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.

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