SAN AGUSTIN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – Some 30 practitioners of both print and broadcast media from Albay, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon attended the Media Conference on the Agricultural Performance for CY 2016 and DA Thrusts, Directions and Prospects for 2017.
The activity was held at the conference room of the new administration building on February 10, 2017.
DA Bicol Regional Executive Director Elena B. delos Santos personally thanked the media for being active partners of the agency in its information dissemination and advocacies. She also underscored her principled stand against corruption parallel to Duterte administrations campaign to stem graft and corruption in the bureaucracy.
BASUD, CAMARINES NORTE – A leisurely drive along the Bicol Natural Park in this town will give you a glimpse of the undulating hills lined with thousands of posts filled with clinging cactus vines known as dragon fruit.
The Jayarchelle dragon fruit farm is located at the foot of a mountain in Tuaca, Basud. You will need to climb a steep cliff and then voila! – you will be mesmerized by the most amazing view of verdant rows of dragon fruits surrounded by coconut trees. Imagine what it would be like in April to October when the plants will be teeming with scarlet fruits shaped like the scales of the mythical dragon and flowers with intense shapes.
Dragon fruit is gaining popularity nowadays as the new money-maker because of its reputation as a prestigious health fruit.
Engr. Arnold Ferrandiz, the owner of the farm who is based in Daet, Camarines Norte, started developing this farm in June 2015. He is an engineer but he ventured into farming as he is hooked to online researches on plant production techniques. The evergreen fruit belonging to the cactus species indigenous to United States of America caught his interest and with the help of his brother Argel Ferrandiz, they developed the sprawling four hectare area into what is now the Jayarchelle Organic Integrated Farm.
SAN AGUSTIN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – The Department of Agriculture regional office here has started rehabilitation efforts by providing palay , corn, assorted vegetable seeds ,seedling of various fruit trees and drugs and biologics for animals amounting to over P72 million to the three affected provinces.
This was reported by DA-Bicol regional executive director DR. Elena B. de los Santos during the management committee meeting. For Camarines Sur province DA has turned over to the provincial government over 5,000 bags certified seeds; 4, 226 packs (20 kg.) hybrid palay seeds; 19,770 packets of assorted vegetable seeds; 250 kilograms mungbean seeds, 1,500 bags yellow and white corn hybrid seeds; 1,085 cacao, lemon and pili seedlings and 13, 942 doses of drugs and biologics for animals. For delivery are 10,000 bags of certified seeds.
Mindless of the heat of the sun, Flocerpida Pamada, joyfully showed her mini-garden on the resettlement area for the residents of Barangay Manangle who were relocated due to the construction of Manangle to Caima Farm to Market Road in Sipocot, Camarines Sur.
Like other families who were transferred in the area, she planted different varieties of flowers and vegetables on her backyard to make it attractive and homey.
Maugma kami digdi sa resettlement area, magayon ang klase nin daga kaya magaya-gaya magtanom (We are happy here in the resettlement area, the soil is good for planting, that’s why it fun to grow plants), she said.
Pamada family is one of the 15 households relocated at the 6, 995 square meter resettlement area. It has received financial support from the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur who provided an amount based on the assessment of the Municipal and Provincial Assessor Office who conducted the evaluation of their dismantled dwellings.