The City, Municipal, and Provincial Agriculturists and the Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) in Zamboanga Peninsula gathered during the 2nd Regional Agricultural Extension Workers Congress hosted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) at Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City recently.

This year’s theme: “Working together towards a productive agriculture and rural development” depicted the unity and teamwork of the extension workers wherein 600 participants arrived to join the regional congress.

The Dapitan City’s Cassava Growers and Processors Association completes the five short listed nominees in the Search for Cornucopia Awards 2017.

National evaluators from the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Mr. Jonarex Z. Miral; Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), Ms. Pola Mendoza and Ms. Bernalin Cadayong conducted the evaluation last week. The criteria for judging were 20% each for the Kind and Number of Commercialized Processed products; the Degree of Commercialization (Market Coverage); the Innovativeness; the Quality and the Economic Benefits with a total of 100%.

Seven seed companies join the Hybrid rice field day held in barangay Blancia, Molave, Zamboanga del Sur to showcase different hybrid rice varieties that is suitable in the region. More than 1,000 farmers were invited all over the region to witness the harvest and participate in the techno briefing and forum.

The activity aims to promote hybrid rice to farmers and see for themselves the benefits in planting hybrid rice as to its yield per hectare compared to inbred rice.

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is mandated to lead in the develop postharvest and mechanization sector of the agriculture industry.

Arnel Ramir Apaga, program leader of Magsasakang Mekaniko program (MMP) said that this aims to establish rural agricultural machinery technicians to cater small farm engine services. “A completion certificate will be given to the participants or the TESDA – NCII skills training certificate equivalent after the participants all the requirement for a certified small farm engine mechanic.” he said.

In the recently concluded Natural Rubber (NR) Technology Forum held in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay province, statistical records show Zamboanga Peninsula as rubber production capital in the country. However, “quality rubber” is an issue, said Agriculture Research Chief Engr. Roger O. Bagaforo.

Bagaforo said that the urgent need of a technology forum is very much in demand in Zamboanga Sibugay province where 80% of the region’s rubber production come from. He said “different technologies for quality rubber production are presented in this forum. We urge rubber farmers and producers to practice what they learn here and stop using materials like battery solution that deter the quality of rubber.”

For the first time the Philippines is no longer Bird flu free.

Other countries in Asia has been affected with bird flu and the Philippines then was free from it. But with the recent outbreak in Pampanga the country now is one of those with bird flu incidence.

To contain the spread of the virus, birds within the 1 kilometer radius in the affected farm in Pampanga were culled even if they are not yet affected with the bird flu. A New Memorandum Circular issued by the Bureau of Animal Industry in the temporary ban on the movement of poultry and poultry products from Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao. These are the precautionary measures that the Department of Agriculture is undertaking.

Zamboanga Peninsula - Cacao production will soon rise here as Zamboanga del Norte’s Cacao Production and Marketing Enterprise has finally secured the go signal from Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).

The Cacao Production and Marketing Enterprise is a five year business plan with a total project cost of P45.5 Million under Investment in Rural Enterprises and Agricultural and Fishery Productivity (I-REAP). It is the first PRDP subproject implemented in Region 9, according to I-REAP component head Ferdinand Gamorot.
However, he said it will be implemented in two separate packages. Package I is worth P33,995,304 for infrastructure component as well as for cacao production and farming support. Package II costs P11,555,352 as enterprise capital for fermenting and drying and trading. Based on the business plan, Package II implementation will be in the 3rd quarter of the 2nd year of Package 1 implementation.

A region-wide agribusiness market-matching forum gathered some 50 participants of municipal agriculturists and agribusiness coordinators in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay this week.

The activity spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture IX - Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) aims to gather information on the volume of the production of a certain commodity/product the municipality has to create a data base so that the department can direct any buyer to “where to buy what”.

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