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Rice Program Focal Person Chona H. Nacalaban gives details on the SEEDEX Program

DA EMPOWERS RICE FARMERS THRU THE SEED EXCHANGE PROGRAM

To help raise small farmers’ productivity and income, the Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 conducted a Seminar on Seed Exchange Program (SEEDEX) to rice farmers on November 20-21, 2018 at the Research Complex for Upland Development, Dangcagan, Bukidnon.

Rice Program Focal Person Chona H. Nacalaban said that the project aims to empower rice farmers use high-quality inbred rice seeds in an informal farmer production and exchange system, and enhance access to appropriate inbred rice varieties, and impart advantages of using high-quality inbred rice seeds.

With SEEDEX, it produces high-quality rice seeds that’s available, accessible, and affordable at all times. # (SVA)

UAS Orientation-Workshop. Representatives from the different OUs of DA-10 listen close as they get to familiarize themselves in flying the drone, which has a maximum altitude of 1,640 feet high.

DA-10 CAPACITATES OUs ON UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM

Cagayan de Oro City – With the objective of producing an efficient and effective agricultural land photo and video surveillance and area mapping system, the Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) initiated a five-day orientation and workshop on Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), starting November 5, 2018.

The participants, composed of the department’s operating unit representatives were capacitated on making flight plans of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) using the Mission Planner and Google Earth software application.

The UAS involves the use of UAV for a specific mission, combined with various other sub-systems in achieving its purpose.

There are two types of UAVs presented in the workshop, the quadcopter (4-propeller UAV) multi-rotor aircraft and the fixed-wing plane.

The multi-rotor aircraft also known as Dynamic Remotely Operated Navigation Equipment (DRONE) is a type of vehicle which uses its propellers for flight and sideward motions with a maximum altitude of 1,640 feet high. It also requires small flat areas as it can be launched and landed anywhere. While, the fixed-wing UAV uses its wings and two propellers for lifting and flight. It can fly at a maximum altitude of 26,000 feet high with at most one hour battery power. To land the vehicle, it should have at least 50-100 meters of straight clearance approach, depending on the length and size of the unit. Considering its higher flight altitude capacity, a wider angle of the area can be captured by the camera.

Aside from the actual flying of the multi-rotor aircraft, the participants learned on how to fly the fixed-wing plane using a software application called the simulator, in which the unit’s remote control is attached to a computer or laptop.

At the end of the training, the participants were grouped into three teams: the operator or controller, in-charge of the actual flight in the field; the visual spotter, responsible in the general condition of the location; and the telemetry, task to monitor and provide regular feedback to the UAV operator based on the flight plan programmed in the computer. Each was assigned based on the results of the written and practical examination conducted by the resource speaker Reginald Alfred P. Braceros, a member of Davao AUS. # (EMB)

OIC- RD Carlene C. Collado of DA- RFO 10 commended the cooperation of the rice retailers for the realization of the SRP launching in Region 10. He likewise assures the public the availability of commercial rice at reasonable prices.

DA-NFA LAUNCHES SRP FOR MILLED RICE IN R-10

Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Agriculture – National Food Authority (DA-NFA) in Region 10 launches the suggested retail price (SRP) for rice, earlier today, November 8, 2018 in Cogon Market, here in the city.

The government’s move was welcomed and supported by Helen M. Fernandez, president of the Grains Retailers Confederation of Region 10 and Misamis Oriental, citing that the government is continuously pursuing initiatives for the welfare of the populace. Further, she said the launching of SRP is a crisis of change but will help more the consumers. As she has pronounced, her group will always support the government’s plans and programs.

On the other hand, DA-RFO 10 Regional Director, Carlene C. Collado emphasized that the activity is in response to the agenda of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to provide affordable and available food for the people. Importantly, the activity was simultaneously conducted in other provinces in the region like Camiguin, Misamis Occidental and Bukidnon.

According to NFA-10 Regional Director, Dianne A. Silva, the joint effort is in response to the directive set by DA and NFA pursuant to Memorandum AO-2018-10-056 issued by DA Secretary and NFA Council Chair, Emmanuel F. Piñol.

The launching of the SRP for rice will be set according to the milling grade: regular milled, well-milled and premium. The SRP are as follows: P39/kg for local regular milled rice, P44/kg for local well-milled rice and P39/kg for the imported well-milled; P47/kg local premium grade and P40-43/kg for imported. No SRP for special rice like malagkit and denorado.

The activity was supported by other agencies, including the Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine National Police, City Local Government Unit of Cagayan de Oro and different retailer associations. # (ATCabig)

NOVEMBER IS NAT’L RICE AWARENESS MONTH

This month of November the whole country is celebrating the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) with the theme: “Quality Rice, Quality Life”.

The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 lined-up different activities such as the Agri-Trivia shows for elementary and junior high school students; feeding program; press conference on the Suggested Retail Price for rice and radio guesting, among others.

The celebration focuses on improving farmers’ competitiveness to produce quality rice, while reaching out to all rice eaters to be aware on responsible rice consumption.

Specifically, it aims to strengthen the bond between rice farmers and the consumers towards quality life. Accordingly, DA encourages farmers to produce quality rice and instill the values of responsible rice consumption among consumers, thus contribute in achieving rice sufficiency in the country.

Through these, farmers will be more inspired to farm through the use of efficient farming technologies, have access to rice information and engage in agri-preneurship.

Consumers should also do their part by not wasting rice, eating brown rice, valuing safe and nutritious rice, and most all, thanking rice farmers. #(SVA)

DA-BAFS apprises stakeholders on OA updates

To keep organic practitioners and other relevant stakeholders posted on the adoption of organic agriculture (OA), the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards of the Department of Agriculture staged a three-day Awareness Seminar on the Revised Department Circulars, New Guidelines and Philippine National Standards (PNS) relative to OA, here in the city of Cagayan de Oro.

Participated by more than 50 delegates from DA regional field offices, local government units, private sector and the academe from regions 9, 10, 11 and 13, the activity was primarily done to further the implementation of RA 10068 or otherwise known as the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010.

Kicking off the series of lectures was Dr. Rodel G. Maghirang’s discussion on the PNS for OA. Other matters lined-up include the Revised Guidelines for the Official Accreditation of Organic Certifying Bodies; Rules and Procedures for both BAFS Registration of Organic Farmers and Organic Input Producers, and Registration of Primary and Postharvest Organic Food and Non-food Products; Transition Period for the Registration of Establishments of Primary and Postharvest Food and Non-Food Products; and Food Systems for Healthy and Sustainable Diets. #

DA-RFO 10 Regional Technical Director Carmelita T. Bajarla, MBA delivered her welcome address before the 200 participants during the opening of the Seminar- Workshop on Rice Value Chain and Comparative Efficiency in the Philippines.

RICE STAKEHOLDERS STRATEGIZE FOR SCIENCE-BASED POLICIES

Cagayan de Oro – Rice stakeholders from Visayas and Mindanao attended the two-day Seminar Workshop on Rice Value Chain and Comparative Efficiency in the Philippines, held in the city.

The purpose of the seminar-workshop is to address the major concerns of the rice industry in the country and address the gaps of knowledge generation and application of these knowledge, and to institutionalize the science-based policies towards the development of the rice industry.

“We are optimistic that we can deliver better tasks and outputs for the enhanced implementation of DA’s programs and projects, not only in our region but for the whole country, as well, Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10 Regional Technical Director Carmelita T. Bajarla, MBA said before the 200 participants, comprising of rice stakeholders from the different regions of Visayas and Mindanao.

The government will continue to support the agriculture sector to achieve notable economic growth because feeding a growing population is always a major challenge,“ she further said.

At the end of the workshop, the participants were able to strategize and come up with their science-based outputs and these will be consolidated and analyzed by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), the lead implementing agency.

Attendees are rice focal persons, stakeholders, regional federation presidents of Small Water Impounding System Associations (SWISAs) and irrigator’s associations, millers and traders.

This is also attended by the Agricultural Training Institute, National Irrigation Administration, National Food Authority, Agricultural Credit Policy Council, DA-Central Office, representatives from the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, PhilRice and agri-extension workers from the provincial/city/municipal local government units. # (SVA)

R-10 NOMINEES FOR OUTSTANDING AFC CHAIRPERSONS EVALUATED FOR NAT’L SEARCH

Cagayan de Oro City – Outstanding AFC chairpersons in Region 10 were evaluated for the Philippine Council for Agricultural and Fisheries (PCAF)’s search for Outstanding AFC Chairpersons and Coordinators on August 6-9, 2018.

In line with this, Region 10 nominees for the said search Edgardo D. Layug, chair of the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council (RAFC), Mario S. Jamis, chair of the Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council (PAFC) of Misamis Oriental and Marcelino M. Patindol, chair of the Municipal Agricultural and Fishery Council (MAFC) of Claveria, Misamis Oriental were evaluated by the National Technical Committee (NTC).

The said awards, due for December this year, aim to give recognition to the individuals in the private sector who have shown excellent performance in the development of the agriculture sector. # (AMBManto, DA-RFO10)

DA UPDATES STAKEHOLDERS ON CORN, CASSAVA PESTS

To keep stakeholders informed about the different pests that may threaten the corn and cassava industry in the region, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through its Regulatory Division conducts a two-day Training and Updates on Corn and Cassava Pests Identification and Management, starting on August 7, 2018, here in Cagayan de Oro.

In her message, Regulatory Division Chief Juliet B. Araos stated that the said activity is in line with the mandate of the Regulatory Services which is to keep the region from pest outbreaks.

Further, she said that the training aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of the attending agricultural extension workers (AEWs) and farmers in handling pests on corn and cassava, especially amid climate change.

Topics covered during the course of the activity include Pest Identification and Management on Corn and Cassava as well as an Introduction to Monitoring Forms and Protocols. # (AMBManto, DA-RFO10)

BAFS CONDUCTS CONSULTATIVE MEETING FOR DRAFT PNS ON GAHP FOR DUCKS, FREE RANGE CHICKEN

The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) assisted by the Regulatory Division and the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) staged a Public Consultative Meeting for drafts on the Philippine National Standards (PNS) on Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) for Ducks and Free Range Chicken, Chicken Cuts and GAHP for Hatchery from August 7-9, 2018 in the city of Cagayan de Oro.

Regulatory Division Chief Juliet B. Araos stated that the PNS will then be used as the basis for the GAHP certification protocols. She further explained that farms will be certified through the creation of the certification protocols and that this will be beneficial to the poultry sector in the region, which is also one of the top producing poultry region in the country, as it will give them an edge in the market since the certification is a guarantee that their products are of good quality and safe for consumption.

Attended by around 40 livestock practitioners in the region, the participants solicited comments and suggestions on the PNS drafts which will then be consolidated for its finalization. The consultative meeting is said to be the last of the series, in which two previous meetings were held in Luzon and Visayas. # (AMBManto, DA-RFO 10)

R-10 FINALIZES ENTRIES FOR CORN, CASSAVA AWARDS

The Regional Search Committee gathers for the final evaluation of region 10’s nominees for the National Quality Corn Achievers Awards (NQCAA), Cassava Cluster Management Excellence Award (CCMEA) and Cornupia Awards, on August 6, 2018 in the city of Cagayan de Oro.

During the event, scrapbooks of the nominees were evaluated for endorsement to the National Search Committee. For the NQCAA, a total of 24 nominees were endorsed, comprising of 18 agricultural extension workers (AEW), three (3) local government units, one (1) corn coordinator, one (1) city agriculturist and one (1) municipal agriculturist. For the CCMEA and Cornupia awards, two (2) farmer organizations were each nominated for both categories.

Meanwhile, the said awards aim to give recognition to the local government units and farmer organizations who have shown excellent performance in the development of the corn and cassava sector in their respective areas. # (AMBManto, DA-RFO10)

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