Two awards given to Region IX DA-DAR-DENR-DILG Regional Convergence Initiative (RCI 9) during the recently National Convergence Summit (NCI) held in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
The Recognition for Successful Implementation of national Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) was given to the municipality of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte. Formerly the “poorest municipality” across the nation according to the National Statistics Coordination Board in 2003. Siayan since has dropped its poverty rate and has developed a growing economy and competing in agriculture with their famous product of rice and cassava wine, Pangase. The recognition was received by Siayan Mayor Flora Villarosa, where she also shared Siayan’s experience and success through convergence works.
Cultivate hybrid seeds. Use mechanized farming equipment. Acquire irrigation. Avail of the rice crop insurance. These were the prime advocacies imparted to a sum of 200 rice farmers from the municipality of Kalawit in Zamboanga del Norte and Barangay Punta in Dipolog City during the Rice Information Caravan held last July 11 and 12 respectively.
The Department of Agriculture IX (DA9) turned over the Rice Processing Center (RPC) II worth 16 million pesos to Labangan Farmers First Consolidated Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LAFFICO MPC) in barangay Bulanit, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur recently.
In a ten hectare rice field in barangay Blancia, Municipality of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office IX (DA9) has launched the Hybrid Rice technology derby.
As response to the advocacy of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for food security and sufficiency, the Department of Agriculture (DA) 9 through its Rice Commodity invited over 100 rice farmers to witness the launching of the Hybrid Rice Derby.