Fifty rice farmer leaders participated in the Department of Agriculture - Rice Information Caravan (DA9 - InfoCar) in the municipality of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte on February 17, 2021.

The Inforcar is in collaboration with DA Attached Agencies namely; Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), National Food Authority (NFA), and the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC).

In this year’s 16th National Quality Corn Achievers Award (NQCAA) cum 14th Philippine National Corn Congress, Zamboanga Peninsula remains to hold the title for the Cornucopia Award for the second time. The Local Government Unit of San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur headed by municipal mayor Angelito L. Martinez II receives four million pesos worth of project for winning the first place. Dapitan City won the same award last year.

The World Bank has admired the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) and the Provincial Local Government Unit of Zamboanga del Norte for hurdling numerous obstacles to complete the compensation process with the Project Affected Persons (PAPs) at Kalawit-Labason farm-to-market road.

Agriculture Economist and Task Team Leader Frauke Jungbluth in September extended the bank’s commendation to the PRDP team through National Project Director Ariel T. Cayanan and Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Government for successfully completing the Project Affected Persons’ (PAPs) compensation process in full compliance with the safeguard policies relative to the rehabilitation/concreting of 32.27 kilometer Kalawit-Labason farm-to-market road (FMR).

A Multi – Pass Rice Mill worth PhP 4Million under the Post Harvest Processing Equipment Facilities Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office IX (DA – RFO 9) was turned over to Timbermines Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TIMMULCO) in San Isidro, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur on Friday, January 04, 2019.

“The wait is over because it is already here. Our cooperative is so honored to operate a multi – pass rice mill here in San Isidro, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur. We have more than 1000 hectares rice fields and we can guarantee that this rice mill will be beneficial to all the farmers in our municipality. As one of the Rice Achievers in the region, Bayog will continue to produce quality milled rice, clean and with minimal grain breakage,” said Engr. Mario Baterna, Chairman of TIMMULCO.

Around 200 local high value crops farmers benefit from the outreach activity which provided free coffee seedlings, assorted vegetable seeds, information materials and lectures and insights from various resource speakers.

The Department of Agriculture IX (DA9) - High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) continue to carry out its mission of serving and providing for the farmers through its outreach programs held recently in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur and Rizal, Zamboanga del Norte.

“We are here to inform you (farmers) of the different programs of the Department of Agriculture, one of which is the HVCDP wherein we encourage the farmers to grow high value commercial crops like coffee, cacao, vegetables and fruit trees, and support them in cultivating and promoting these crops in the market,” said Analiza Quilo, representative, DA-RSO Dipolog City.

WORLD FOOD DAY 2018 CELEBRATION - The World Food Day (WFD) 2018 celebration of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO) and Department of Agriculture (DA) and the United Nations – Food and Agriculture Organization was held at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City on October 16.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Piñol together with FAO Representative to the Philippines Jose Luis Fernandez and World Food Program Zero Hunger Champ, Miss World 2013 Megan Young awarded the National Winners of the WFD Poster Making Contest.

Four hundred farmer students from the province of Zamboanga del Sur successfully graduated the School On-the-Air (SOA) for Palay Check System under the Rice Commodity Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA). The closing ceremony was held at Events and Amusement Center, Provincial Capitol, Pagadian City on October 10, 2018 with the theme “Check na Check. Aprobado Kita. Asenso Sigurado.”

“Let us bring back the time wherein our soil was fertile and productive, the crops grow easily and healthy, without applying fertilizer or any inorganic additives,” said Arnulfo Estrada, DA9- Agricultural Program Coordinator (APCo) for ZC during the Organic Agriculture Information Caravan held in Barangay Culianan, Zamboanga City during the Hermosa festival week.

Over a hundred local farmers from the six agricultural districts in the city; Ayala, Tumaga, Manicahan, Culianan, Curuan, and Vitali made their way to the host barangay of Culianan to participate in the activity.

“I pray that you (participants) will give importance to the lectures and insights from our speakers and that you will also help us through applying everything that will be shared in this caravan in your own farms,” pleaded Acting City Agriculturist Carmencita Sanchez among the potential organic farmers.

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