Some 500 students enjoyed a cup of brown rice chow fanduring the Brown Rice symposium held at Zamboanga del Sur National High School (ZSNHS) Gymnasium, Pagadian City on August 18, 2016.
“It’s my first time to eat brown rice. I love it because it’s delicious and it makes me feel so full,” Jolina M. Guiling, Grade 7, said after consuming her meal.
Maria Melba B. Wee, Regional Information Officer stressed, “brown rice is not a variety of rice rather it is an unpolished rice; meaning it has undergone only single pass of milling. With this kind of process,brown rice ismore nutritious, and has 75% higher milling recovery compared to white rice. Regular consumption of brown rice helps reduce cancer incidence and heart diseases.”
“It is my moral obligation to provide available and affordable food for my people,” as President Rodrigo Duterte said in a book entitled “Feeding Millions” authored by now Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol. Realizing this is DA’s MaunladnaAgrikulturaSa Nayon (MANA), special project that would support and match an enhanced provision of agricultural investments and services to empower more farmers and fisherfolk.
Currently, 67 Food Terminals (FT) are operational in Region 9; 23 in Zamboanga del Sur, 25 in Zamboanga del Norte, 8 in Zamboanga Sibugay , 3 in Isabela City and 8 in Zamboanga City.
This year’s 5th Summit theme “Improving Food Accessibility through Market Linkages and Convergence” will strengthen the existence and sustain the food terminal in their respective area. As encouraged by Mr. Ferdinand Gamorot the Regional Focal person for Food Terminal project said that “one of the marching orders of Secretary Manny Piñol of the Department of Agriculture is to ensure the availability and affordability of food for Filipinos. This is where our Food Terminals would come in. We have a big contribution in ensuring not just available food but at the same time affordable for the consumers.”
About 40 participants joined the two-day training for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Corn held at Sinoropan Elementary School, Vitali district, Zamboanga City recently.
The GAP training is conducted in coordination with the Office of the City Agriculturist through its field office.
According to Arben Madugo, Vitali District– Agriculture field officer, the existing corn area in Vitali covers approximately 200 hectares. Corn farmers usually do two to three croppings per year depending on variety used. Magdugo said corn is one of the priority commodities in Vitali as it is also one of the staple food aside from rice. “We are grateful for DA and this opportunity to enhance our farmer’s knowledge on the operations in corn production from site selection to post harvest activities. We hope that with the adaptation of the best practices, it would lessen production waste and increase corn output and also farmers’ income.”