“The Department of Agriculture (DA) in coordination with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) is playing an active role in providing training workshops to the livestock practitioners in the region. DA is making ways to develop and increase the productivity of small ruminants. This training on Artificial Insemination (AI) will help improve the livelihood and income of our livestock farmers,” said Carlito Larubis, Agricultural Program Coordinator of Zamboanga del Sur during the recent training on AI of Small Ruminants held at Hotel Guillermo, Pagadian City.

The Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office 9 through its Agri – Pinoy Rice Program recently, conducted a mass turnover of farm facilities in Molave,Zamboangadel Sur.
“The Agri – Pinoy Rice Program aims to reach the most remote and the farthest areas in the region and bring farm mechanization to increase efficiency and reduce postharvest losses,” Dr. CarlitoLarubis said during the turnover.

A total of P657,789,000 is up for bidding for concreting of 60.698 kilometers farm-to-market roads (FMRs) across the three provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula.
Department of Agriculture Regional Director Constancio G. Alama disclosed recently after one year of assisting the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).
Director Alama said that last December, four proposed FMR concreting from the three provinces were issued No Objection Letter 1 (NOL1) by National Project Coordination Office (NPCO) which signaled proponent provinces to proceed on the procurement process.
He said that Zamboanga del Sur has proposed 5 FMR subprojects but two got NOL1 first, namely: 1) Josefina-Mahayag to Molave segment connecting 18.218 kilometer FRMs from Gumahan-Leonardo-B. Tudela-Diwan-Gonosan-Parasan-Culo-Mabuhay-Sudlon. 2) rehab/concreting of Gapasan-Laperian-Buenaswerte-Sambulawan-Navalan FRMs covering 11.870 kilometers.

Business Plans of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte are now awaiting for approval and funding from theDepartment of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).
PRDP is a special project of the Department of Agriculture in which according to Regional Director Constancio G. Alama, DA IX has been assisting the Provincial Local Government Units (PLGUs) to develop a Business Enterprise in partnership with the private sectors.

A totalof 13,727,500 pesos Farm-to-Market Road projects were officially turned over to Dinas and Mahayag in Zamboanga del Sur under the Department of Agriculture – Support to Emergency Livelihood Assistance Project 2 (DA-SELAP 2).
Each concreted FMR project has a length of 1 kilometer servicing agricultural areas of 250 hectares for Dinas and 648 hectares for Mahayag. Both projects are focused on rice, corn, cassava and coconut. A household of 344 in Mahayag and 1,080 in Dinas are benefiting from the concreted road.
As testified by one of the farmers present during the turnover Ms. Marcelina Aplaca, 72, cassava farmer of Mahayag said that her hauling cost was reduced from P20.00/sack to P10.00/sack thus increases her income.

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