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The Department of Agriculture said today farm mechanization, specifically the use of “combined harvesters,” a machine that combines three separate operations comprising harvesting—reaping, threshing and winnowing— into a single process, could be what we need to reach the targeted rice harvest this year of more than 19M metric tons, and eventually achieve rice self-sufficiency.
DA’s Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) to commence its First Farm-to-Market Road Project in ARMM
While the Department of Agriculture ‘s Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) has ended in June this year, the DA is now set to roll out its bigger, wider and biggest foreign-assisted program dubbed as the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP).
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 11 and the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 spearheaded the launching of the closed season and conservation of small pelagic fishes in Davao Gulf recently at the Davao Fish Port Complex in Toril, Davao City.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala expressed confidence that “Filipino farmers can be at par with the best farmers of the world” with the results of Palayabangan, a nationwide farming contest, during this year`s dry season.
With the support of the Trade Related Technical Assistance Project 3 (TRTA 3) and the Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) programme, over forty participating fish exporters together with the certifying officers of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) are presently undergoing a two-day training on the “Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) for the Export of Fishery and Aquatic Products to the European Union (EU)”. The training is set to be conducted in two batches on 17-18 June and 19-20 June 2014 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu City.
In order to fast track the thrust towards a rabies-free Philippines, Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for Livestock Jose Reano called for tighter collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), other government agencies and the private sector in the fulfillment of the shared commitment of total rabies eradication by 2016.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala announced on Monday, July 14, that the Department of Agriculture (DA) will continue to pursue measures and strategies to attain the government’s 100% rice sufficiency target.
Although the Coconut Scale Insect (CSI) “cocolisap” infestation is not alarming in Davao region, the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) 11 has already prepared mitigating measures to combat the possible attack of the said specie.
Reports from the regions infer that there is no significant effect of the impending drought yet, but vulnerable areas have already been identified and mitigation and adaptation plans have been prepared. Rainfall has significantly decreased contributing to the decline of water level in the major water reservoirs. Region II has been experiencing light to moderate rainfall for the previous days but NIA-MARIIS Reservior is above the highest and lowest critical elevations of the Magat Dam.