PILI, CAMARINES SUR –Some 200 school children in three barangays of this municipality had an early Christmas treat as they were chosen to partake of nutritious porridge (champorado) made from brown rice with cocoa powder and milk and given some gift items and tokens . This food sharing or feeding activity was part of the advocacy campaign of the Department of Agriculture towards responsible consumption and use of healthy rice grains. The activity also capped the observance of the month of November as National Rice Awareness month.
NAGA CITY - To showcase the best products of Bicol rural women entrepreneurs and to heighten awareness on various women’s livelihood projects and the various interventions and assistance available for women , the Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Camarines Sur Multipurpose Cooperative and the Philippine Commission for Women conducted the 1st Bicol Women Market Week in this city from November 30 to December, 2017.
Some 30 media practitioners from Albay and Camarines Sur together with some DA Bicol information section staff went on an expository tour to Laguna, Quezon City and Nueva Ecija starting November 27.
The first destination was the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna where the group was personally welcomed by IRRI Deputy Director General for Communication and Partnership Dr. Bruce J. Tolentino and the rest of IRRI staff.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
REGIONAL FIELD OFFICE NO. 5
SAN AGUSTIN PILI CAMARINES SUR. In compliance with the commitment and instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte and DA Secretary Manuel Pinol, the Department of Agriculture Bicol once again turned over and distributed a total of 38.9 million worth of equipment and postharvest machineries to qualified Farmers Association/Muliti Purpose Cooperatives on November 27 held at the DA-5 compound this municipality. The distribution of said machineries is part of the agency’s objective to reduce post- harvest cost and losses.
Rodel Tornilla, Regional Technical Director for Operations encourage the beneficiaries to have a sense of ownership since the machineries are given without any counterpart . The members should be responsible for the maintenance of the equipment. He said that those who were given are luckier because next time the program will be imposing a loan scheme of 2% annual interest payable within 4 years.