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02/10/2020
Greater investments of agriculture in Quirino youths now serves as a task force in attaining SDG | Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office No. 02 Official Website

Greater investments of agriculture in Quirino youths now serves as a task force in attaining SDG | Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office No. 02 Official Website

What started to be a small youth group in Sto. Domingo, Quirino, Isabela, whose aim is to mitigate and be part of the 2030 Agenda solution for Sustainable Development Goals (SGD), is now part of a massive agriculture advocate community. The Quirinian Youth in Action (QYA) formulated an immediate act...

DA Cagayan Valley
01/10/2020

DA Cagayan Valley

Kalihim Dar, bumisita sa Isabela, Natutuwa sa pag-angat ng sektor ng agrikultura; P5.1 milyong pisong halaga ng mga makinarya, binhi, at ICT gadgets, ipinamahagi sa mga magsasaka

By Catherine S. Jimenez

Pagkatapos ng matagumpay na pagbisita ni Kalihim William D. Dar ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka sa Allacapan, Cagayan para pasinayaan ang Capalutan Small Water Impounding Project sa bayan ng Allacapan kahapon, pinuntahan din nito ang Probinsiya ng Isabela.

“Ngayong panahon ng pandemya, ang sektor ng agrikultura ang tanging sektor na umangat ng 1.6% ngayong 2nd quarter ng taong kasalukuyan”, ito ang masayang pagpapahayag ng kalihim sa programang isinagawa sa Philippine Rice Research Institute (PHILRICE), San Mateo, Isabela upang bisitahin ang Hybrid Rice Varietal and Fertilizer Trial at pangunahan ang distribusyon ng mga agricultural programs sa mga magsasaka.

Kaugnay dito, ibinalita ni Kalihim Dar ang karagdagang pondo na iginawad ng kongreso sa Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka upang matulungan ang mga magsasaka lalo na ang mga farmers na napapabilang sa “poorest of the poor in the farming communities”.

Ayon sa kanya, ang naturang pondo ay galing sa “Bayanihan II” ng kasalukuyang administrasyon at aabot ng humigit kumulang na 751,000 na mga magsasaka sa buong Pilipinas ang maaaring makinabang sa nasabing pondo.

Aniya, ang mga kwalipikadong benepisaryo sa programang ito ay makakatanggap ng limang libo o P5,000 pesos at mga produktong agrikultural. Ang tatlong libo ay ibibigay na pera at ang natirang 2,000 ay hahatiin sa halaga ng bigas at mga poultry products.

Samatala, hinikayat ng kalihim ang mga poultry farmers na bumuo ng grupo o asosasyon para makatanggap ng ayuda at proyekto sa Kagawaran.

Aniya, may nakalaan na P4-bilyong piso mula sa “Bayanihan Act II” upang matulungan ang mga nagmamanukan na nawalan ng pinagkukunan ng ikinabubuhay dahil sa pagsasara ng karamihang mga establisyimento kagaya ng “restaurants” o mga kantina dulot ng pandemyang COVID-19.

Dagdag pa nito na ang karagdagang P4.5 B na pondo ay ilalaan para sa mga magsasaka ng palay ngayong dry season sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng mga de-kalidad na binhi at mga abono kagaya ng “complete at urea”.

Hindi na rin kakailanganing magpakita pa ng resibo sa mga bibilhin o nabiling pataba bilang obligasyon ng mga magsasaka. Subalit, aniya, kailangang tutukan ng DA at mga katuwang nito sa lokal na pamahalaan upang masiguro ang naturang ayudang abono ay magagamit sa kanilang pananim hindi lamang sa Isabela kundi maging sa buong Rehiyon Dos.

Aniya, napakahalaga na huwag tipirin ang ilalagay na mga pataba sa mga tanim na palay upang makuha ang talagang potensyal na ani ng anumang de-kalidad na binhi na itatanim upang tumaas ang ani at kita ng mga magsasaka.

Hinikayat ni kalihim ang lahat na patuloy na suportahan ang programa ng DA na Plant Plant Plant hindi lamang mga halaman kundi mga hayop lalo pa’t hindi natin matantiya kung kailan hihinto ang naturang pandemya.

Sa kanyang mensahe, nagpasalamat si Governor Rodolfo Albano III ng Isabela sa pagbisita uli ni Kalihim Dar at sa pagbigay ng mga ayuda sa kanilang probinsya. Aniya, napakahalaga ang tulong ng kalihim lalo pa’t ang nasabing probinsya ang may pinakamataas na bilang ng mga baboy na apektado ng sakit na African Swine Fever o ASF sa rehiyon.

Samantala, halos P4.5 milyong piso ang naipamahagi ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka sa buong Rehiyon.

Ang mga naipamahaging proyekto at makinarya ay kinabibilangan ng eight (8) units Hand tractors para sa four (4) FCAs-Cooperators of Rice Business Innovations (RiceBIS Program); three (3) units Hand tractors at assorted vegetable seeds para sa Rebel Returnees in support to ELCAC in Partnership with the 95th Infantry Division; plastic mulch, insect net, UV PE film at mga seedling trays para sa five (5) Farmers Organization in support to Organic Vegetable Production.

Sa kanyang mensahe, nagpasalamat si RED Narciso A. Edillo sa ibinibigay na suporta ng kalihim para sa lahat ng mga magsasaka dito sa Rehiyon.

Nabanggit din ni RED Edillo na mayroon nang dumating na “Quick Responce Fund” mula sa DA Central Office subalit halos mga 45% lamang ang naibigay mula sa kabuuang request ng Rehiyon Dos.

Kaya naman hiniling ni RED Edillo kay Kalihim Dar na kung maaring dagdagan ang pondo para sa mga corn farmers na naapektuhan ng “drought” o tagtuyot ang kanilang mga tanim na mais nitong nakaraang unang semestre ng kasalukuyang taon.

Samantala, isa rin sa napuntahan nito ay ang experimental site ng DA- Philrice na kung saan iba’t-ibang klase ng public at private hybrid seeds kagaya ng meztizo 1 at iba pa ang naitanim sa “Hybrid Rice Varietal and Fertilizer Trial” area ng naturang Institusyon. Natuwa umano ito sa nasilayan niyang magaganda at maraming bunga ng mga tanim na palay.

Namigay din ang Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center 02 (ATI RTC02) ng P400,000 Information Communication and Technology (ICT) gadgets kagaya ng laptop, printer, tablet, GPS at mga print materials. Mapopondohan din ang mga ‘farm business learning sites’ ng P250,000 upang mapabuti ang kanilang sakahan.

Ang naturang aktibidad ay dinaluhan rin nina ATI Center Director Imelda M. Guillermo Vice Gov. Faustino “Bojie” G. Dy III, Engr. Leo Javier, PhilRice Isabela, Regional Management Committee (RMC) members, mga kawani ng Provincial and Municipal Local Government Unit (PLGU at MLGU), 95th Infantry Division, magsasaka at iba pang agri stakeholders dito sa Rehiyon Dos.

(Photos taken by Erwin Cachero and Mark Anthony Gallibu of DA-RFO 02 RAFIS).

DA Cagayan Valley
29/09/2020

DA Cagayan Valley

DA RFO 02 conducts Field Day on CPAR Rainfed Rice-based project in Namabbalan Norte, Tuguegarao City

To showcase the outcome of the Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project technology interventions, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office No. 02 – Cagayan Valley Research Center (DA-CVRC) in collaboration with the DA- Bureau of Agricultural Research conducted a Field Day which was attended by 20 farmer cooperators in Namabbalan Norte, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan last September 26, 2020.

The field day is an opportune for the farmer cooperators and adoptors to witness the stand and yield of the varieties promoted, mechanized establishment, and fertilizer recommendations through the use of Rice Crop Manager as part of the technology interventions adopted with a total of 17. 27 hectares which mostly idle and not planted for any kind of crops due to its condition of being a rainfed area.

Aside from the provision of high yielding and climate-resilient rice seeds such as NSICRc480, NSICRc402, and NSICRc416, the project has provided and established five (5) units of Open Source Pumps (OSPs) with complete accessories connected to the Cagayan River which augmented the irrigation water requirements to support double rice farming activity plus the opportunity for other crops like mungbean and glutinous corn to be grown after planting of rice that would somehow be considered as additional income.

Farmers perceived through their testimonies that CPAR project interventions awakened their interest to go back in rice farming again due to the clear benefits of new technologies showcased. Notably, a major shift from rice mono-cropping and practice of planting once a year or worse no crops planted all year, to a crop intensification system which is Rice-Rice and Mungbean and Rice-Corn intercropped with Mungbean Cropping Pattern.

Dir. Rose Mary G. Aquino, Regional Technical Director for Research & Regulatory who also spearheaded the Participatory Rural Appraisal conducted sometime in 2017 attended the said event, she was so excited of the fruits of what she envisioned considering the frequented scenery of bare areas every time she passes-by to now a fare rice land areas greening her eyes of the rice fields with high hopes of good returns for the benefit of the lowly farmers.

“Ang pagtugon sa problema ng magsasaka ay hindi dapat gawing komplikado, kailangan lang ay tignan natin ang mga available na resources sa paligid at gawin itong mga oportunidad – katulad na lamang ng Cagayan River na ginagamit natin na source ng patubig gamit ang ating mga interventions na OSPs para maipagpatuloy ang inyong farming activities at mapalago ang farming business ninyo”, said Aquino.

An average net income of Php12,792.00 per hectare (135% return on variable cost) was obtained in planting Mungbean as “Singit Crop” or additional source of income during the 2019-2020 Dry Season Cropping planted after rice which gives an average of 5.2 ton/ha using NSIC Rc480.

This wet season cropping, based on the initial result obtained in CPAR Intervention from three farmer cooperators, the NSICRc480 inbred rice variety obtained a yield of as high as 8.30 – 9.70 ton/ha fresh weight this is equivalent to 193% - 250% increase in rice yield considering their baseline yield data as a result of PRA with an average of 2.5 ton/ha.

Representing the Local Government Unit of Tuguegarao is City Councilor Grace Babaran-Arago, in her speech, she commended DA-RFO02 for another worthy project for the farmers and also expressed her gratitude to DA-BAR for their funding support making technology breakthroughs and interventions accessible to the Nammabalan Norte farmers.

Present also in the CPAR Field Day is City Agriculturist of Tuguegarao, Engr. Evangeline Calubaquib, Barangay Officials of Nammabalan Norte and DA-CVRC Staff headed by Engr. Rolando D. Pedro.

The activity ended with awarding of new set of irrigation pump accessories to augment the existing ones and for use of other farmer adopters in the said area.

By: Camille O. Francisco and Gemma Bagunu
Photos by: Laurence Bryan R. Malana/Mandy Yanuaria/Venus Galasi

Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research
26/09/2020

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22/09/2020

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DA Cagayan Valley
29/08/2020

DA Cagayan Valley

DA-RFO 02 LAUDS CPAR COOPERATORS IN TUGUEGARAO CITY

The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office No. 02 (DA-RFO 02) lauded the Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Project which was implemented at Barangay Namabbalan Norte, Tuguegarao City.

“With the interventions given by the project, it is hoped that you will have more yield for this year's planting cycle. You have now the mechanical transplanter. One hectare will be planted in less than three hours. Plenty of empowered women are involved in this project. It is one way of strengthening your organization,” Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo said to the beneficiaries during a field visit today.

"We are encouraging farmers to improve their farming practices by intercropping. From a mono-crop planting, they can intercrop it with mungbean or improved corn varieties to increase production and income," mentioned Edillo.

“This intercropping is piloted here in Namabbalan. Other CPAR projects are in Dassun and Bauan West, Solana, which is corn - livestock integration,” Edillo said. “Pagbutihin po natin at magbuklod-buklod tayo.”

Funded by DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), CPAR is an extension modality and an innovative approach to Research and Development (R&D) that focuses on the verification, demonstration, and adoption of agricultural technologies at the community level. Under this, the community members are involved in the testing, and in applying new and improved farming practices and technologies.

The said CPAR project aims to introduce and promote technology on corn silage using Open Pollinated Varieties (OPV) glutinous corn and package of technology (POT) for transferring and adoption by the end of the project, as well as integrate legumes in corn production areas.

Meanwhile, RTD Rose Mary G. Aquino visited the pilot farms and inspected the pump site on the banks of Cagayan River where the co-operators and farmers draw water for the farms.

She said through CPAR, the age-old problem encountered by the farmers only relying on rain is solved by utilizing technology.

“Before the intervention, the farmers were disillusioned because they can only plant once a year, and it all depends when the rains come. The fields lie idle. They cannot rely also on the community irrigation system. Aside from that, their yield is low during drought. However, 700 meters away from them await the solution. This is the pump site, drawing water from the vast Cagayan River, servicing about 100 hectares in this area,” Aquino said.

There are 21 active cooperators in Namabbalan Norte adopting rice –rice –mungbean this wet season.

Women are included and have undergone training on proper fertilization, the choice of rice variety, and mechanized transplanting.

DA RFO 02 and DA-BAR has provided the mechanical transplanter to the cooperators through the RCEF.

Likewise, DA RFO 2 also supplied the rice variety they used which is NSIC Rc480. Other materials and equipment which will be procured by the agency for them will be bigger water pipes and water pumps.

“As they can plant anytime, vegetables will be included in their bucket list. An increase in yield will be taken from their crops in summer, for water supply is no longer a problem. They can be accredited as seed growers of the rice variety we have introduced,” Aquino said.

As CPAR farmer-cooperators, the farmers are provided farm inputs, technical assistance, and technology interventions to increase production and profit. Re-dispersal and rollover of benefits sustain the CPAR project, ensuring extension to more community beneficiaries.

Among the technology interventions introduced through CPAR are crop diversification, poultry and livestock production, and the use of appropriate and improved varieties, applying organic fertilizers, implementing Integrated Nutrient Management (INM), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and other cultural management practices.

With CPAR technologies, farmers are taught how to apply effective total farm productivity within the context of a sustainable production system and farming system approach.

Farmers can maximize the use of their lands and ensure availability and at the same time, affordable food for the family through the integration of high-value crops and vegetables and livestock in the food chain.

Ms. Lovely Gaspar, Research Division Head, Engr. Rolando Pedro, DA CVRC Center Chief, and staff were with RED Narciso Edillo and RTD Rose Mary Aquino during the field visit.

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24/07/2020
Technology and Investment Profile of Pinoy GOURmix - SEARCA

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DA Cagayan Valley
03/06/2020

DA Cagayan Valley

DA-CVRC conducts training for Technology Business Incubation recipient on Pinoy GOURmix Production

As part of its efforts to efficiently transfer matured technologies to private partners, the DA-Cagayan Valley Research Center (DA-CVRC) conducted a 3-day Hands-On Training on Pinoy GOURmix Production among selected personnel of the cooperative last May 20-22, 2020 at the center’s Food Product Research and Development Center (FPRDC) in San Felipe, City of Ilagan, Isabela.

Ms. Sheryl A. De Guzman, Agricultural Inspector II together with other staff of the FPRDC led the said training which covered proper preparation, powdering and milling of raw materials, and packaging of finished product.

The Department of Agriculture through the DA-CVRC signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Providers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) last year as part of its technology business incubation initiatives to transfer matured technologies to interested private partners.

With this, Providers MPC is the first cooperative in Isabela to manufacture and distribute the enhanced Pinoy Gourmix added with mushroom for additional flavor and nutrients which will benefit its existing and prospect farmer-members who will be tapped to provide raw materials of the product.

Pinoy GOURmix is a product developed by DA-Cagayan Valley Research Center (DA-CVRC) from mixture of rice, white corn and adlay grits, ground mungbean, ginger turmeric and texturized vegetable protein (TVP) soybean commonly used for feeding and nutrition programs.

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(With reports from Jonabelle Infante)

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