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.

Nine barangays in the municipality of Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay province receive a total of 95 bags of corn seeds.
Through the Corn Commodity program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), barangays Molom, Lipacan, Payag, Bacao, Catituan, Camanga, Tigabon, Logpond and Sinusayan share 45 bags of Open Pollinated Variety (OPV) White corn seeds and 50 bags of Hybrid yellow corn seeds.

Over 300 farmers gained knowledge on balanced fertilization, use of biological controls and good agricultural practices during the recently concluded Corn caravan in Sindangan (ZDN); Ramon Magsaysay (ZDS) and Siay (ZSP).
Dubbed as the Corn Roadshow, the activity targeted corn producing municipalities aimed at intensifying the information dissemination on the different corn services offered by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in all of Zamboanga Peninsula.
DA OIC-Assistant Director Maria Melba B. Wee said that “Through proper dissemination of the upgraded technologies in (corn) farming we can help increase the production of our farmers; together with other assistance the DA offers.” Wee said.

About 3,600 beneficiaries, 80% of which are school children have benefited from the Pagkain para sa Masa program since it was launched in February last year.

The municipalities of Gutalac, Tampilisan, Kalawit, Gutalac, Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte; Siay, Imelda in Zamboanga Sibugay; Dimataling, Midsalip, Ramon Magsaysay, Kumalarang, Lakewood, San Pablo, Pitogo, Tigbao, Dumalinao, Tukuran in Zamboanga del Sur and Bolong in Zamboanga City are selected as target areas by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in coordination with the Department of Health Nutrition Council (DOH-NNC) and the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In celebration of Women’s month, Construction and Supervision Engr. Fe Batilona of Zamboanga del Norte beams in front of the laborers constructing the line ditch canal along Galingon stretch.

“As a quality controller, we follow technical specifications – word for word. In this case, the expected life span of the project is attained.”

The strong-willed veteran lady engineer Fe Batilona of Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Engineering Office bares her job heading the male-dominated Construction and Supervision Team for the on-going construction of 13.82 kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) in Tampilisan. This road concreting and rehabilitation project is funded by the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) worth over P188 Million.

The compliance of the pre-conditioned resettlement of project affected persons (PAPs) in Biswangan, Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur was recently checked and validated by the Social and Environmental Safeguards (SES) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)..
SES and M&E are two I-SUPPORT units of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) that ensure conformity and observance of the project’s policy and procedure during the preparation and implementation of the project.

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