Over 300 farmers gained knowledge on balanced fertilization, use of biological controls and good agricultural practices during the recently concluded Corn caravan in Sindangan (ZDN); Ramon Magsaysay (ZDS) and Siay (ZSP).
Dubbed as the Corn Roadshow, the activity targeted corn producing municipalities aimed at intensifying the information dissemination on the different corn services offered by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in all of Zamboanga Peninsula.
DA OIC-Assistant Director Maria Melba B. Wee said that “Through proper dissemination of the upgraded technologies in (corn) farming we can help increase the production of our farmers; together with other assistance the DA offers.” Wee said.
About 3,600 beneficiaries, 80% of which are school children have benefited from the Pagkain para sa Masa program since it was launched in February last year.
The municipalities of Gutalac, Tampilisan, Kalawit, Gutalac, Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte; Siay, Imelda in Zamboanga Sibugay; Dimataling, Midsalip, Ramon Magsaysay, Kumalarang, Lakewood, San Pablo, Pitogo, Tigbao, Dumalinao, Tukuran in Zamboanga del Sur and Bolong in Zamboanga City are selected as target areas by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in coordination with the Department of Health Nutrition Council (DOH-NNC) and the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“As a quality controller, we follow technical specifications – word for word. In this case, the expected life span of the project is attained.”
The strong-willed veteran lady engineer Fe Batilona of Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Engineering Office bares her job heading the male-dominated Construction and Supervision Team for the on-going construction of 13.82 kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) in Tampilisan. This road concreting and rehabilitation project is funded by the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) worth over P188 Million.
The compliance of the pre-conditioned resettlement of project affected persons (PAPs) in Biswangan, Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur was recently checked and validated by the Social and Environmental Safeguards (SES) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)..
SES and M&E are two I-SUPPORT units of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) that ensure conformity and observance of the project’s policy and procedure during the preparation and implementation of the project.