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Agri NorMin assists MTAC thru the P8-M worth of Cacao Community-Based Dev’t. Enterprise Project.

 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To provide additional support to cacao farmers, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) turned over the P8 million worth Cacao Community-Based Development Enterprise project for the Migcawayan Tribal Agriculture Cooperative (MTAC) in Damulog, Bukidnon on February 9-10, 2022.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said that the project aims to contribute to the agency’s vision of food security and availability through enhancing cacao production of said municipality.

Of the total project amount funded under the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), the association received agri-interventions consisting of 28,000 pieces of cacao seedling which forms part of the planting materials along with administrative-related cost, training, nursery establishment, processing facility, hauling truck and equipment.

Since its establishment in 2019, the tribal cooperative has grown to more than 200 members covering 120 hectares and with 120 of its members involved in cacao farming.

“Migcawayan Tribal Agriculture Cooperative is very proud and glad for the enterprise project of DA-10. These interventions will not only benefit barangay Migcawayan but also the cacao farmers of the municipality of Damulog, Bukidnon,” shared MTAC chairman Jaycer T. Micabalo. # (AMBManto)

DA-SAAD 10 turns over P1.4-M agri assistance to different FCAs to alleviate farmers’ conditions from poverty.

 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Fourteen farmer’s cooperatives, associations received around P1.4 million worth of agri assistance from the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program in Northern Mindanao.

Of the said amount, a total of P900K drugs and biologics comprising of dewormer, vitamins, antibacterial solutions, electrolytes, wound spray is in support of the free range chicken and livestock production projects of the said beneficiaries.

The assistance is under the technical support services being extended by the program which eyes to boost and improve livestock and poultry production to ensure its availability, accessibility, and affordability.

The additional provision includes agricultural supplies amounting to P433K plastic crates and drums for an estimated area of 7 hectares of vegetable production of the FCAs in MisOcc.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said that around 1,105 farmers will benefit from the said assistance by increasing their income and productivity.

The DA-SAAD program is a special project of the DA mandated to ease the poverty situation in the country, by granting agri-livelihood projects to underprivileged smallholding farmers in poverty and conflict-stricken rural areas.#(Maria Paz M. Tablon)

OneDA of R-10 turns over agri-fishery inputs to Igpanutadug sa Abaga Ta Bayug Agriculture Coop of sitio Kibulag, Lantud, Talakag, Bukidnon.

 

AGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In less than a month after the members of the Igpanutadug sa Abaga Ta Bayug Agriculture Cooperative were trained on Mushroom Production and Tilapia Culture in Pond, the OneDA in Northern Mindanao delivered agri-fishery inputs at sitio Kibulag, Lantud, Talakag, Bukidnon.

Sultan Abdul Amoran, IP leader of the Maranao-Higaonon tribe received on Thursday, February 18, the trapal which will be used for the mushroom house; nets for free-range chicken, and 50 packs of 5-in-1 pinakbet variant vegetable seeds from the Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10).

DA is set to give the mushroom fruiting bags and 110 heads of free-range chicken once their mushroom house and chicken coop are ready.

Meanwhile, the DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-10 (DA-BFAR 10) stocked 2K pieces of tilapia fingerlings in a 315-square meter fishpond, a potential industry for providing income and livelihood to the members.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said, in 2020, the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in the fight against local insurgency was launched in the said area.

Director Collado added that DA-10 has provided around P1.9 million agri-interventions and commitments of livestock animals (carabao, goat, cattle), poultry and duck, upland rice seeds, cacao, coffee, and fruit trees seedlings.

Of which, some of the commitments were delivered in 2021 comprising of certified planting materials of cacao, robusta coffee, and durian; and four heads of cattle, female/heifer Brahman bloodline.

Such provisions are funded under the agency’s Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4K) program and High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).

Present during the activity were Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Technical Specialist, Wilma T. Bathan, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Region 10 (NICA 10), DA and BFAR-10 technical staff.#(ATC)

A Korean company visits the farm and offices of cassava-growing FCAs in Bukidnon and MisOr provinces, in the hopes of finalizing the latter’s supply of fresh cassava tubers.

 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Executives and representatives of a Korean company conducted farm and office visits to the different farmers, cooperatives, associations (FCAs), in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental set to finalize a partnership, with the latter supplying fresh cassava tubers.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Investments (DTI-BOI) facilitated said visit to 13 FCAs on February 16-18, 2022.

The said FCAs are from Malitbog, Salvacion, Kadingilan, Don Carlos, Pangantucan, Maramag, Cabanglasan, Lantapan of Bukidnon, and Claveria of Misamis Oriental, who have beforehand signified their intent to supply to the Korean’s targeted tapioca manufacturing starch plant in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

During the field visits, the Korean team met the chairpersons and other farmer-leaders of the different FCAs, where they have laid out their terms and conditions, for the eventual sealing of a marketing agreement between said parties.

With the presence of the Korean investors, DA-10 Regional Executive Director expressed, that farmers can also avail loan assistance from the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), DA’s credit arm, in aid to the needed added logistics and capital that the FCAs may need for such marketing opportunity.

“This year, the agency continues to implement several projects, that are already in the pipeline, to help raise agricultural productivity, resiliency, and access to more market linkages for farmers in the region,” Collado said.

The Cassava Program of the Field Operations Division, the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division of DA-10, and DTI-BOI facilitated the second batch visit of the Korean buyers.# (JCAnito)

On February 14, 2022, DA-10 inaugurates P33.5-M worth of facilities to boost its research centers’ technology transfer initiatives.

 

DALWANGAN, MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) through Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado inaugurated 14 infrastructure and information technology projects at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) on February 14, 2022, in this city.

Funded under DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research-Bayanihan to Act as One (Bayanihan II) with a total amount of P33.5 million (M), ranging from upgrading, renovation, improvement, installation, and construction projects implemented in the different research centers of the agency.

Housed at NMACLRC, upgrading projects include the Modular Screen House, Existing Water Harvesting Facility (for Livestock and Crops), Tunnel Screenhouse, Diagnostic Laboratory, and Plant Tissue Laboratory, while the Processing Building and Upgrading of Water Harvesting Facility with Concrete Tank are situated at DA-10’s Research Center for Hillyland Development (RCHD) in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

Renovation projects cover both the Crops and Livestock Administration Building at NMACLRC, and the Animal Shed and Feedlot at RCHD.

On the other hand, the installation project comprises the CCTV System at NMACLRC.

Rounding up the list of projects are the Improvement of Technology Commercialization Center with access road, and the construction of various irrigation projects, both located at NMACLRC.

“The presence of the state-of-the-art, science-based infrastructure projects with laboratory facilities, can attract more farmers, local government units, and stakeholders that will encourage them to visit the research station. The matured technologies showcased can then be replicated by the visiting farmers upon return to their respective areas. With all these, the agri-tourism research center in Region 10 will be within reach,” Collado conveyed.

Meanwhile, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga said that the stations’ facilities will enable its personnel to boost their level of performance by transferring improved technologies to farmers and stakeholders in the region.

NMACLRC chief Carmelito Lapoot assured the management that all will be maximized according to their intended use, adding that they can now cater to more farmers in the conduct of a series of training, technology showcasing, and meetings for the current and coming years.

“We can improve the delivery of our services that will eventually help farmers increase their productivity and income,” Lapoot concluded. # (MGBS/Photo credits: EMB, RDME)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 commenced the first leg of the harvest festival for the cluster Hybrid Rice Technology Demonstration in South Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon on February 11, 2022.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said, the cluster hybrid rice techno demo showcases different hybrid rice varieties, which aims to identify the most suitable variety in the locality and to determine the cost-benefit ratio of different hybrid rice varieties.

In said town, 11 participating seed companies with 17 hybrid rice varieties were planted in 35 hectares of land.

Janet D. Lopez, DVM, DA-10 provincial operations center chief of Bukidnon is grateful to the local government, seed companies, farmer associations, especially to the Patag Coroña Irrigators Association who hosted the techno demo, and the farmer-landowners who offered their lands to have the hybrid seeds planted for said techno demo.

“We are thankful to those who made this techno demo possible because the results of this activity will greatly help the department in providing our farmers the better seeds suitable in your area.”

Dr. Lopez also emphasized that conducting a techno demo is in support to the modernization pillar of the ‘OneDA reform agenda’, which includes the promotion of new technology such as hybrid rice seeds in attaining a prosperous and resilient Philippines with empowered farmers and fisherfolk.

Meanwhile, Karl Roman O. Wong, the project leader of the rice techno demo under the agency’s Rice Program, said that a farmer’s forum will also be conducted in March, to present the gathered data and the results of said activity.

Further, a consultation between farmers and technicians will also ensue in said forum.

The next leg of the harvest festival for cluster hybrid rice techno demo will soon be conducted in the cities of Valencia and Malaybalay, and Kalilangan town clusters.

Gracing the said activity are Bukidnon Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Jacqueline Julia Lagamon and staff, officials of the municipal LGU of Maramag, officials, farmers, and residents of South Poblacion and DA-10 staff. # (Cyrus R. Seraspe)

DA-10 inaugurates the P4.93-M Admin and BioCon Lab Building in RCPC, Bangcud, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on February 14. This is to increase the production of BioCon agents for distribution to farmers.

 

BANGCUD, MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10 eyed an increased production of biological control (biocon) agents for distribution to farmers, with its newly inaugurated Administrative and Biological Control Laboratory Building in the Regional Crops Protection Center (RCPC) on February 14, 2022, in this city.

RCPC Chief, Luz I. Guzman, PhD emphasized that said building supports the center’s production of biological agents that will be used in the management and prevention of plant pests and diseases.

“This is one of the components of the Integrated Pest Management, that will reduce the production cost of farmers by regulating the use of synthetic pesticides. The biocon agents will not only preserve the helpful and friendly insects but will also regenerate soil fertility that will eventually, help attain food security and sufficiency of the country,” Guzman added.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado congratulated RCPC for bracing with the challenges from the preparation of the documentary requirements until the P4.93 million project was completed.

“The project is expected to help the farmers, and I hope that this will become instrumental in ensuring quality services to our farmers and stakeholders in the region,” Collado said.

Meanwhile, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations, Carlota S. Madriaga encouraged the staff and employees of the center, to maximize the use of the laboratory that would enable them to respond immediately to the needs of farmers, especially during pests and diseases outbreak.

“With this facility, you are expected to level up your accomplishment, strengthen your capacity on the production side and control the spread of pests and diseases, to serve more farmers,” Madriaga said.

For the availment of said biocon agents, interested farmers may request at the agriculture’s office in their respective area, for them to be endorsed by the local government unit to DA-RCPC. # (MGBS)

In support to the Organic Agriculture program, DA-BSWM turns over six units of composting facilities for biodegradable waste amounting to P5.7-M to different LGUs and farmer groups in Region 10.

 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In addressing waste management, the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) turned over six units of composting facilities for biodegradable waste (CFBW) amounting to P5.7 million.

The beneficiaries include the local government units of Sinacaban, Panaon of Misamis Occidental; Provincial LGU –Lanao del Norte; CLGU Cagayan de Oro City; Oroquieta Dangan Volunteers Association, Oroquieta City; and, Lantapan Vegetable Farmers Marketing Cooperative, Lantapan, Bukidnon.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said the facility package for biodegradable waste comprises a shredder machine with a rotary composter.

He added that the intervention is in support to the promotion and development of Organic Agriculture in the Philippines through appropriate technologies and practices to restore soil fertility.

Soil and Water Area Coordinator Engr. Armando B. Arcamo of DA-BSWM and his team also demonstrated the proper handling of the machine in consonance with the mandate of the agency’s proper composting of biodegradable wastes.

Engr. Arcamo urged the LGUs, academe, farmer associations to venture into organic farming through the utilization of biomass, and not to only rely on inorganic farming but promote the proper waste management in their areas. # (MPMT/Photo credits: MPMT, Prov’l Agri LDN)

Region 10 has an allocation of P75-M from DA-ACPC under its SURE Assistance program for relief and recovery of farmers and fishers affected by typhoon Odette.

 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) has allocated a P500 million (M) credit fund for the implementation of its Survival and Recovery (SURE) Assistance program across the country, including areas in Norther Mindanao declared under a state of calamity caused by typhoon Odette.

“Of the total amount, we have an allocation for Region 10 amounting to P75-M in support to the government’s goal in helping agricultural households badly hit by the typhoon,” said Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado of DA-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10).

This, he bared, during a consultation meeting spearheaded by the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, in the presence of its Provincial Operations Center chiefs, provincial and city/municipal agriculturists.

During the meeting, discussed were the timelines for the submission of the certified list of borrowers, the amount that one could avail, and the requirements to be complied for the release of the funds by the lending conduits of DA-ACPC at a minimal service fee of up to three percent.

Under the SURE Assistance program, small farmers and fishers may borrow with no interest and collateral, while loan amount is payable up to three years, wherein only one borrower is allowed per household.

DA-ACPC Program Development Division Chief and Visayas-Mindanao Head, Noel Clarence M. Ducusin emphasized, that the loan amount is intended to provide relief and aid in rehabilitating the farming and fishing activities of affected farmers and fishers thru credit for the purchase of production inputs, repair of farm/fishery assets, and acquisition of livestock/work animals.

Priority shall be those farmers and fishers identified and endorsed by the provincial/municipality/city agriculture’s office and are duly registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) and FishR.

Of which, their engaged farming and fishing activities were assessed and validated as totally damaged.

Small farmers refer to those who cultivate not more than five hectares of land; raising poultry with 2,000 layers or 5,000 broilers; or rearing livestock (swine – 10 sows/50 fatteners; goat/sheep – 50 heads for meat and/or dairy; cattle – 10 fatteners or 5 breeders; and dairy – 10 milking cows/carabaos), while marginal fishers are those operating not more than three-ton capacity fishing vessels within municipal fishing waters.

Also in attendance virtually is DA-10 Regional Technical Director Carlota S. Madriaga, who conveyed, that no calamity or pandemic can hinder the services of the agency, especially in these trying times where the agency is needed the most.

“This is our way of helping our small farmers and fisherfolk, as they play a crucial role in ensuring food availability and security in our region,” RTD Madriaga concluded.

Reportedly, Region 10 has a total of 17,000 affected farmers and fishers due to typhoon Odette. # (JCAnito)

Agri NorMin joins the coordination meeting headed by DA-ACPC with the aim of heightening farmer’s and fishers’ awareness on the available credit assistance from said attached agency.

 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Set in drumming up the implementation of agri-fishery credit programs, the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), the Department of Agriculture (DA)’s credit arm spearheaded a coordination meeting on Friday, February 11, 2022.

Convened were the regional agri-credit desk officers (RACDOs), regional information officers (RIOs), and other representatives from the DA regional field offices, including Northern Mindanao, and other staff and officials from DA-ACPC.

Held virtually, the brief meeting tackled how the body can work towards increasing the farmer’s and fishers’ awareness on the available credit assistance from DA-ACPC, including loan acquisition, utilization, repayment, among other concerns.

Discussions focused on benchmarking from last year’s best practices in the conduct of a series of information caravan on agri-fishery programs; an upcoming partnership of DA-ACPC with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the BDO Foundation on the Financial Education project; use of the compendium of agri-fishery development programs; and the reiteration of the crucial role of the loan facilitation teams (LoFTs) across the regions. # (JLO)

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