Some 40 farmers attend the GAP Corn training in SitioTaloptap, Vitali, Zamboanga City. Seated are resource speakers from DA Corn Program, Integrated Laboratory, Engineering and Vitali District Office.

About 40 participants joined the two-day training for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Corn held at Sinoropan Elementary School, Vitali district, Zamboanga City recently.
The GAP training is conducted in coordination with the Office of the City Agriculturist through its field office.
According to Arben Madugo, Vitali District– Agriculture field officer, the existing corn area in Vitali covers approximately 200 hectares. Corn farmers usually do two to three croppings per year depending on variety used. Magdugo said corn is one of the priority commodities in Vitali as it is also one of the staple food aside from rice. “We are grateful for DA and this opportunity to enhance our farmer’s knowledge on the operations in corn production from site selection to post harvest activities. We hope that with the adaptation of the best practices, it would lessen production waste and increase corn output and also farmers’ income.”

DA Rice Coordinator Evelyn Academia hands over the key of responsibility to Titay MAO Bienvenido Tomas and to Unnie A. Cap-atan, the SWISA San Antonio President.

The 4.7 million irrigation facility will provide water service to nearby barangays of San Antonio in the Municipality of Titay. Its priority is the large areas of rice fields where water supply is scarce.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) – IX through its Engineering Division recently turned over the Diversion Dam with Canal to the San AntonioSmall Water Irrigation System Association (SWISA). The launching ceremony was held at the irrigation site in the presence of the barangay captain Evelyn Cabadunga. All eight members of the barangay council stood as witnesses to the turnover ceremony.

The Zamboanga Peninsula showcased Dumingag- Zamboanga del Sur’s Organic Municipality, in hosting for the first time nationwide National Convergence Initiative (NCI) Journalism Writeshop.
Some 40 active participants composing information officers, NCI knowledge component members, representatives of NCI lead agencies and some from the Local Government Units (LGUs), nationwide joined the recently conducted Training on Journalism and Development Communication Reporting. The three-day event was held at Four Queens Resort, Tiguma, Pagadian City.

DOST Assistant Regional Director Mahmud Kingking expresses all-out support to the Institutionalization of Inter-Agency Convergence Initiatives for Cacao Industry in Zamboanga del Norte.

Zamboanga del Norte is eyed to contribute attainment of the Philippines’ 2020 Cacao Challenge to increase cacao production and position as cacao beans supplier in the world.
Planning specialist Cerenio Tila revealed this to participants in the recently conducted Consultative Workshop on the Institutionalization of Inter-Agency Support to Cacao Industry Development in line with the implementation of the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) held in Dipolog City.

The Philippine ORGANIC ACT of 2010.

RA 10068 -signed on 6 April 2010 -published on 18 June 2010
IMPLEMENTING RULES & REGULATIONS NOAB (created under EO 481) approved on 04 Oct 2010 -Published in Phil. Daily Inquirer and The Daily Tribune on 21 March 2011

What is Organic Agriculture?

-Is a production system that sustain the health of soils, ecosystem and people.

-It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the used of inputs with adverse effects.

-Organic combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.

VISION

…at least 5% of total agriculture areas devoted to organic farming;

…Philippine organic products are commercially supported locally and internationally

Coverage/Scope:
a) Policy formulation on regulation, registration, accreditation, certification, labelling;
b) Research, development and extension;
c) Promotion and encouragement of the establishment of facilities, equipment and processing plants;
d) Implementation of organic agriculture programs and activities

Caption: Galingon Barangay Captain Noel Gongob shows a sample of the Montly Weather Report of which along with the PPMIU Project Engineer and Contractor Resident Engineer, he is to attest the unworkable conditions due to rainfall.

Rainy days are coming that may hamper implementation of ongoing rehabilitation and concreting of farm-to-market roads under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).
For a close monitoring and inspection of the ongoing PRDP subprojects in Region 9, a Barangay Captain is tasked to affix his signature on the Weather Report together with the project engineer from both the contractor and PPMIU’s side.
This matter was clarified recently in Tampilisan during the 3rd RPCO-PPMIU-Contractor Coordination Meeting for the ongoing implementation of Farmington-Poblacion-Galingon-Cabong-Balacbaan-Tilubog (all of Tampilisan) farm-to-market road rehabilitation and concreting.

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