SAN AGUSTIN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – The Department of Agriculture gathered all the Small Water Irrigation Systems Association (SWISA) and Irrigators Association (IA) presidents from all over the region to update them on the new guidelines of hybridization program coming from Agriculture Secretary Manny F. Piñol.
OIC Regional Technical Director for Operations and Extension Rodel Tornilla said the DA Bicol targets to plant hybrid rice in a total of 20,473 hectare area this dry season starting on September 16, 2017 to March 15, 2018. Target beneficiaries are farmers’ associations, cooperatives, irrigators’ association and SWISA with SEC or DOLE registration.
OIC RTD Tornilla said the hybridization program is different from the hybrid rice techno demo and rice model farms currently being implemented by the DA. The latter caters to clusters of 10 hectares. OIC RTD Tornilla added that the hybridization program will give chance to farmers’ organizations that did not qualify in the techno demo and model farms.
NAGA CITY – The Department of Agriculture took center stage once again in this year’s 6th Bicol Tourism and Food Expo (BITFEX) held at SM Activity Center on September 14-17, 2017. The Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division invited 14 exhibitors who displayed and sold their products during the four day expo, while the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Section put up an information booth.
Invited exhibitors include: Sean-Susan Food Products, Maiden Chef, Labo Progressive Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Yulaik Food Products, OM Naturals Trading, Pilaui, Ness Crafts and Fine Foods, Mikeliz Integrated Farm, Noveno's Pilinut Candies, Aycocho's Food Product, TAPFPAT, GAPPA, Joross Farm and A.D Perol Pili & Coco Shell Product. They garnered a total sales of P226,473.25 during the four-day expo.
PRIETO DIAZ, SORSOGON - Fifty-three-year-old Susana Perol of Brgy. Carayat Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon enthusiastically ties seaweed propagules to a polyethylene rope while listening to her transistor radio at the Carayat Seaweed Farmers Association’s (CSFA) 4.35-hectare seaweed area about 300 meters away from the seashore.
A member of the cooperative for three years, she came early to work today to harvest seaweeds and plant seaweed propagules for the next cropping period. Listening to music keeps her alert while doing her job. Perol was among the CSFA members who now use the 10 non-motorized fiberglass boats delivered to the cooperative on July 3, 2017.
Coaching and mentoring in addition to formal training, according to Project Support Office South Luzon Director Shandy Hubilla, are essential services needed to strengthen the Philippine Rural Development Project’s (PRDP) collaboration with its project partners.
“Learning by doing--it’s actually you being there with them rather than just waiting for documents to come,” Hubilla said.
According to Hubilla, the Project will be measured in terms of procurement, disbursement and actual operations and initial outcomes and project results in the community. Thus, frequent communication and meetings as well as commitment to agreed targets and timelines are necessary to ensure smooth project implementation on the ground.