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.

The Department of Agriculture – Region 9 through the Organic Agriculture Program (OAP) conducted the 4th REGIONAL ORGANIC AGRICULTURE CONGRESS (ROAC) lastweek at the Boulevard Function Hall in Dipolog City.

The event was participated in by 200 stakeholders from the
Academe, Farmers Organizations/ Cooperatives, Agricultural Extension Workers/ City and Municipal Agriculturists, Provincial Organic Agriculture Focal Persons, Local Government Units, and farm owners engaged in organic and natural farming from the entire Zamboanga Peninsula.

More than 100 farmers participated in the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office (DA – RFO 9) RICE Program Information Caravan in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs) in Payao, Buug, and Imelda recently. The Rice Commodity Program Information caravan aims to promote the agricultural developments in the DA.

“The DA with our attached agencies is mandated to help and empower the farming communities and the private sector to produce enough, accessible and affordable food. Our goal is to generate jobs and livelihood for a decent income for everyone,” said Ana Aying, Agricultural Program Coordinator (APCO) for Zamboanga del Norte and Agri-Credit Officer who represented Regional Director Constancio Alama during the InfoCar.

A total of 560 farmers graduated from the School On-the-Air (SOA) for Organic Vegetable Production on Thursday at Culianan Covered Court in Zamboanga City.

The SOA spearheaded by the Agricultural Training Institute IX (ATI-9) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture IX and the Office of the City Agriculturist started in May 2018. The SOA participants came from the six agricultural districts in the city, namely Tumaga, Ayala, Culianan, Manicahan, Curuan and Vitali. The farmer-students enrolled at their respective Field offices and were required to listen to a 30-minute radio program every Sunday over DXRZ-RMN from May – August 2018. Each farmer-student submits their pre-test and exam to their respective field offices.

Twenty-five skilled farmers in Zamboanga Peninsula graduated during the closing ceremony of the Magsasakang Mekaniko Program on Training of Trainers on Repair and Maintenance of Small Farm Engines and Motorcycle held at Girls Scout of the of the Philippines Building, Balangasan, Pagadian City recently.

The Magsasakang Mekaninko Program is a multi – agency convergence for a sustainable farm level mechanization. The collaborating agencies are Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine Center for Post Harvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Agricultural Machinery Manufacture and Distribution Association (AMMDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)

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