Twenty-six farmers graduate the season-long farmer field school (FFS) for corn in Lunzuran, Zamboanga City.
The Office of the City Agriculture (OCA) in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted the six-month field school from December 2016 to June 2017. The City Agriculture Corn Program served as subject specialists who conduct lectures with visuals and hands-on field demonstrations every week.

USec Atty Ranibai Dilangalen awards 1 million to the Rice Achievers of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur together DA 9 Rice Coordinator Evelyn Academia.

One million pesos was awarded to the Municipality of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur as the 2016 National Rice Achiever for having an outstanding production in the region.
Leonardo Babasa, Bayog Municipal Mayor together with his Municipal Agriculturist Nora Paredes and Agricultural Extension workers, Edwina Caray and Ronelo Magtorlol received the award at Philippine International Cultural Center (PICC) in Manila recently.

Three remote municipalities in the region were selected as recipients of the Department of Agriculture (DA-RFO9) Anniversary Outreach program held for three consecutive days this week. Together with DA Attached Bureaus and Agencies; (ATI, BFAR, BSWM, BAI, BAI-Vet Qua, BPI, BPI-NSQCS, PhilFIDA, NMIS, PRRI, PCC, PCIC, PFDA, PCA, PCA-ZRC, NFA, NIA and RAFC) extension support, services, food and planting materials were delivered on site to the municipalities of Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, and Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte.

R. T. Lim Mayor Michael Piodena (white polo shirt) and DA Regional Director Constancio G. Alama (blue polo shirt) lead the inaugural ribbon cutting for the 3.5 kilometer farm-to-market road. Assisting them are PRDP Deputy Project Director Dennis H. Palabrica (3rd from left) and San Antonio Barangay Captain Fernando Sonido, Sr. (center in orange shirt). Witnesses include contractor Bella Javier (beside Mayor Piodena); Municipal Engineer Rosemarie Balano (extreme left); Municipal Agriculturist Emil Ventura (4th from right) along with LGU officials and DA-PRDP personnel.

R.T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay - Easy and fast delivery of farm commodities is now enjoyed by farmers coming from Sitio Lugami to Barangay San Antonio since their 3.5 kilometer farm-to-market road is fully cemented early this year. Record shows that majority of the beneficiaries are Subanen.
“Seeing the concreted road makes me happy because this would mean improvement to the lives of the people here,” Department of Agriculture IX Regional Director Constancio G. Alama stated after having personally passed through the fully paved road together with Assistant Director Dennis H. Palabrica during its recent inauguration and turnover ceremonies.
Alama, is the regional project director for DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in Zamboanga Peninsula that provides 90 percent of the P38 Million worth of infrastructure project in R.T. Lim.

A black bug is commonly present in rainfed and irrigated areas. It prefers continuously cropped irrigated rice areas and poorly drained fields. It sucks the sap of the rice plant causing bug burn damage. Damaged plants turn yellowish and dry up the plant in severe cases.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) 9 through its Regulatory Division and Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) and the Municipal Local Government Units of Molave, Tukuran, Labangan, Guipos and Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur. conducted an operation black bug control recently.

Hardwork has paid off. It is all worth it, worth the pain.

Department of Agriculture Assistant Regional Director Maria Melba B. Wee congratulated the leadership of R.T. Lim municipality during the turnover and acceptance ceremonies of the fully concreted 3.64 kilometer farm-to-market road serving 352 households in barangays Casacon and Tilasan.

The P38 Million FMR was officially turned over recently by DA9 to the Municipality of R.T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay. Wee, in behalf of Regional Director Constancio G. Alama lauded Mayor Michael Piodena’s unrelenting support and partnership with the DA in providing numerous programs and projects for his constituents.

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