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The San Vicente Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Sto.Tomas, Davao del Norte recently availed around P 4.8 million worth of farm machineries from the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA 11).
The donated farm machineries includes Multi-Pass Rice Mill worth P 1.5 million, Combine Harvester worth P 1.8 million and Recirculating Mechanical Dryer worth 1.5million.
DA Rice Program conducts mushroom production project national assessment and planning workshop in Bicol
More than 50 implementers, farmer-partners and other stakeholders from various parts of the country attended the 3rd National Quarterly Assessment and Planning Workshop of the Community-Based Mushroom Production Project (CBMPP) on 9-12 September 2014 held at the Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga City.
“This activity connects individual regional capability for further strengthening of operations management in the field-level implementation of the project,” said Mr. Pedro Oliver, regional focal person in Bicol.
The CBMPP is one of the major activities being conducted by the Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in support to the Food Staples Sufficiency Program specifically the Palayamanan project in lowland farms.
The “Palayamanan” approach integrates rice production with other commodities like peanut, corn, sweet potato and mungbean, including livestock.
The Department of Agriculture said that food self-sufficiency could be the lasting legacy of the Aquino administration.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who is with President Benigno Aquino III on a week-long official visit to Europe said, "Ito po ang pinakamalaking pamana if ever na we can accomplish, food self-sufficiency."
Help the rice farmers cope with the onslaught of El Niño through adequate information.
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), the country`s lead agency in rice science and development, had produced and rolled out information materials on El Niño to equip the farmers with better chances of adapting to the warmer-than-usual phenomenon.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala is encouraging farmers and fishers to insure their lands and crops to avoid losses brought by incidences of pest and diseases, typhoons and other natural calamities.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala stressed the importance of involving the grassroots for effective agriculture policy development and implementation during the “Araw ng Magsasaka” activity held at San Ildefonso, Magalang, Pampanga on September 10, 2014.
Farmers and fisherfolks in two towns of Quezon province devastated by recent typhoon Glenda received more than PhP16.27 million worth of rehabilitation assistance from the government.
Thousands of fisherfolk in 42 provinces nationwide may now avail of free full insurance coverage for their calamity-stricken fishing assets, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) announced today in Tacloban City.
A senior scientist and rice breeder from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) commended Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala for supporting the joint Heirloom Rice Project of the Department of Agriculture and the world-renowned scientific institution.