DA 10 intensifies quarantine points against Bird Flu

The Department of Agriculture region 10 has conducted several proactive measures to prevent spread of Bird Flu in the region.

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During a press conference in Cagayan de Oro City, OIC Regional Director Carlene Collado, CPA explained the kind of virus that has broken out in Pampanga was an Avian influenza (Bird Flu), type A Sub-Type H5 which has caused deaths of about 37,000 poultry chickens in San Luis, Pampanga.

Although the virus is said to be non-transferrable from chicken to humans, Collado said to be vigilant.

Northern Mindanao ranks 3rd for the National Ranking with a total of 11% or 19,596,441 heads contribution to the National Inventory. Meanwhile, the region also ranks No. 8 for the Duck Inventory with a total of 4% or 444,064 heads contribution.

Collado assured that DA region 10 is doing all it can to prevent spread of this virus. Particularly, they have intensified quarantine points in the region, identified areas of concern, strengthened regional task force, distributed drugs, consulted with poultry stakeholders and local government units and disseminated Information and Education Communication materials.

However, Collado also shared Do’s and Dont’s to avoid Bird Flu. One is to cook poultry and meat thoroughly. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after exposure to or contact with birds. Among the dont’s include not eating raw poultry meat or egg. Don’t buy or eat smuggled poultry meat. Don’t come in contact with resident, wild or migratory birds. More importantly, report any unusual deaths or sickness of birds to the nearest agriculture or veterinary office.

The department is urging the public to help report any Bird Flu suspicions in the region or ask questions about it. For Quarantine Concern, you may call Dr. Dale Franco Llentic 09174815193, for Mass Media Concern, Grace Sta. Elena 09278276840 and for Disease Reporting, Dr. Oryza Kristy Baylo 09363155226. (JMOR/PIA10)

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MisOr quarantines security against Bird Flu virus intensified

Due to the possible threat of a spillover of Avian Influenza or commonly known as Bird’s Flu virus that reportedly hit the Province of Pampanga, the Misamis Oriental Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) has tightened its defense against the entry of live and frozen poultry products from Luzon areas.

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But Governor Bambi Emano said he has ordered PAO chief Dr. Benjamin Resma to double their security in the quarantines in Lugait and Magsaysay towns even before the reported virus attack in Pampanga to ensure that locally produced poultry products will reach the market safe.

Poultry products, live or frozen, from Luzon areas accordingly are already banned from reaching the local markets in Visayas and Mindanao islands.

Dr. Resma, meanwhile, is urging the public particularly those poultry raisers to be cautious and report any incident such as sick chickens for them to immediately act upon.

Resma though clarified that there is no Bird’s Flu virus infections reported yet in Misamis Oriental, “and hopefully, there will never be.”

Governor Emano, on the other hand, said the reported virus infection in Pampanga would mean a bit advantage to the local poultry producers in Misamis Oriental.

“Wala pay nadungog nga virus infection sa atong mga poultry products. Apan akong pahasubo didto sa Pampanga kay lagi naigo sila sa Bird’s Flu virus, diin nag-produce sila sa 13,000 ka itlog sa Itik matag adlaw, apan dili makagawas tungod sa infection. Mas naay sales atong local producers kung magkulang ang ilang supply (in Luzon),” Governor Emano said.

(There is no known virus infection in our poultry products yet. But my apology for Pampanga as accordingly they’ve been hit by the Bird’s Flu virus, where they produce 13,000 duck eggs daily, but couldn’t be released due to the infection. Our local producers are more likely to sell if they (Luzon) run out of supplies).

The governor encourages about 143 local poultry growers in Misamis Oriental to produce more by availing the technology he got from a friend in Pampanga that is already applied by the PAO, for them to be able to supply the demand while the Luzon province is besieged by the said virus. (PIO)

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Farmers, residents benefit from new FMR in Lala town

Farmers and residents of Lala, Lanao del Norte are now enjoying multi-benefits of a new farm-to-market road (FMR) completed under DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). 

The 4.1-kilometer concreted FMR has started to benefit rice farmers in the rice-dependent barangays of Pinuyak, Simpak, and Maranding.

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According to barangay kagawad Arturo Arceñas, farmers used to traverse a much longer route just to deliver their produce to the market. 

“Before this road (in Maranding) was concreted, it is not being used by farmers and residents due to its poor condition,” he said, adding that not only their barangay has benefited from the project but internal barangays of Pinuyak and Simpak as well. 

“This new road has brought convenience to the people here,” he said. 

Around 4,100 households along the road’s influence area will benefit from the P33-million project, which was completed last August 2016. 

“For now, there is a huge change because the buyers are the ones who get our products and we can command a higher price due to its accessibility,” farmer Diogenes Sapatos said, who used to deliver their products using horses or carabaos to reach the market. 

Before, farmers incur a hauling cost of P50 per sack. But it has been reduced significantly, according to farmer Nerissa Gantalao.

“Now, hauling only costs us P15 per sack, and when it is time to deliver our products during a rainy season, it does take us too much time because the road is easier to access unlike before,” she added.

Students have now a more convenient walk or ride to school with the new road, said Pinuyak barangay captain Myrna Pama.

“During rainy days, students would find it difficult to walk through the road without getting their uniforms soiled. But with the paved road, they can just ride motorcycles going to and from their schools,” she said. 

To maintain the good condition of the road, barangay officials like Pama said they have issued a local ordinance that will allocate a budget for maintenance and repairs. 

“This road has ushered in progress to our barangay and changed our lives for the better,” she said.

Region 10 has seven other completed FMR projects under PRDP with a total cost of P215 million. (DA10)

DA 10 partners with CMU in intensifying promotion, adoption of hybrid rice

The Department of Agriculture in Region 10 (DA-10) recently launched a partnership project with Central Mindanao University (CMU) for the establishment of a 100-hectare model farm for hybrid rice.

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DA-10 Regional Director Carlene Collado said the project should display the potentials of hybrid rice technologies towards the achievement of targets for the country’s self-sufficiency by year 2020.

Collado announced that the project is in line with the national directive relative to the establishment of at least a hundred hectares of hybrid rice techno-demonstration farms per region.

“We need to increase productivity, not only sufficiency in our rice production. With this, we need to push for the promotion and adoption of technologies on hybrid rice production,” he said.

Juanita Salvani, DA-10 Research Division Chief reported that on-the-ground operations and land preparation activities recently started in CMU for the establishment of hybrid rice model farm.

A derby or showcase of best hybrid rice varieties is also expected among participating hybrid rice producers, which include the Dosepco, SeedWorks, Bayer SeedGrowth, Syngenta and SL AgriTech.

“We look forward to harvest the first fruits of this hybrid rice technology demonstration by November this year, and we hope to gather once again our farmers and other stakeholders to witness the harvest festival and the demonstration of postharvest technologies and machineries by then,” Salvani said.

Part of the technologies for showcasing include the operation of farm machineries from the productive and postharvest stages of hybrid rice.

In addition, a Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems (SPISs) with the capacity to pump out about 400 gallons of water every minute even under overcast skies shall also be showcased as a mechanization component that will address the need for irrigation water in most rainfed rice production areas.

Financing and marketing programs and other support mechanisms are also being laid out to support farmers adopting hybrid rice.

DA-10 has strengthened its collaborative network with the local government units, hybrid rice producers, and other stakeholders in rice industry in carrying out and establishing wide-scale hybrid rice technology demonstration farms.

Higher Yield with the Hybrids

 

Hybrid rice, a crossbreed of different kinds of rice, typically displays the so-called ‘hybrid vigor’of which it can outyield comparable inbred rice varieties.

DA-10 rice researcher Carmelito Lapoot reported that in Region 10, hybrid rice yields an average of 6.2 tons per hectare, higher than the yield of certified rice varieties by about 24%.

In spite of the high yield performance of hybrid rice, still, its utilization remains low.

Carlota Madriaga, Chief of the Field Operations Division of DA-10 said that out of 3.5 million hectares of rice areas in the country, only12 percent or 500,000 hectares are planted with hybrid rice. Therefore, she said, intensive promotion is necessary to encourage the adoption of the technology among farmers.

“The model farm of hybrid rice technologies at Central Mindanao University is eyed as a strategic showroom not only among farmers, but also to agriculturists, students, and other stakeholders,” Madriaga explained.

Working on the wide-scale promotion of hybrid rice, more technology demonstration model farms will also be established in other areas within region 10. Two model farms will be established in each of the 5 provinces of the region. (MOAM/JBS, DA-10)

CDO farmers benefit from season-long training on selected vegetable agribusiness

Around 30 farmers from Cagayan de Oro city graduated from the season-long training on selected vegetables agribusiness held on 7 July 2017.

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The season-long training ran from March to July 2017 and was spearheaded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Landcare Foundation Philippines, in partnership with Normin Veggies Marketing Cooperative, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Cagayan de Oro City, and private stakeholders and supported by the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10).

With the theme, “Ang panguma isip usa ka negosyo, makauswag sa kinabuhi (farming as a business could improve life condition),” the training was participated by the members of the Canitoan Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (CAFAMCO) and the Pagatpat Cagayan de Oro Farmers Association Incorporated (PACAFAI), in which they were taught on land preparation, soil sampling, and strategies on planting vegetables such as eggplant, tomato, string beans and ampalaya.

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Retailers from Bulua and Cogon market are invited to visit the CAFAMCO learning site on July 12, 2017 to encourage them to buy vegetables from the farmers.

Regional Technical Director Carmelita T. Bajarla, representing DA-RFO 10 chief Carlene C. Collado, thanked the LGU, headed by city councilor and committee on agriculture chair Annie YDaba and city agriculturist Dr. Hector R. San Juan, as well as the private sector that they were able to unite for agriculture as well as agribusiness. (AMBManto, DA-RFO 10)

Talakayan sa PIA showcases agriculture, fisheries programs

Talakayan sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA) showcased the development programs, projects and activities for the agriculture and fisheries sector in region 10 during its May episode at Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.

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Audy Maagad, Department of Agriculture (DA) region 10 supervising agriculturist, presented the new programs and technology given to the rice farmer beneficiaries. Some programs includes: (1) seed stocking and storage warehouse facility; (2) agricultural machinery and equipment for calamity and epidemic quick response pool such as back hoe and pump and engine with complete accessories; (3) agricultural chemicals for epidemic mitigation and control; (4) enhancing competitiveness through expanded hybrids/cs seed utilization in low yielding areas; (5) provision of small scale irrigation projects in rice areas; and (6) agriculture and fishery equipment and facilities farm production-related machinery and equipment such as the mini/4WD tractor, hand tractor with implements, power tiller, transplanter and combine harvester and hauler.

 

On the other hand, Reynaldo Amatong and Jose Pepe Romo from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) region 10, presented the locally funded projects and the foreign assisted projects of the office. 

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Among the locally funded projects are: (1) DAR-CRS (DAR-Catholic Relief Service) which utilizes the eight steps in agro-enterprise clustering approach popularized by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to increase the production and income of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and their household through Agricultural Extension, Marketing Assistance, and Capacity-building to the municipalities of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental which produce soy beans, milled rice, ginger powder, coffee powder and tilapia crunch; (2) VLPCEP (Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Program) which aims to provide technical and financial support to existing ARB products and enterprise in Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) to enhance its existing processing facilities, secure FDA (BFAD) permits/licenses and to penetrate the local and national markets in some municipalities of Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental which produce corn coffee, tablea and turmeric. 

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Foreign assisted projects (FAPs), on the other hand, includes Project ConVERGE which aims to enable agrarian reform beneficiaries, smallholder farmers and rural workers to become highly productive and competitive entrepreneurs and contribute to the achievement of broad-based rural economic growth. Their products include cassava production and processing enterprise, muscovado production and processing and trading in Bukidnon; coco sap sweetener in Misamis Oriental; and abaca production, processing and marketing in Camiguin.

Moreover, to help the fisherfolks and their families in the sea area of Northern Mindanao in their livelihood, Provincial Fisheries Officer Maxim Xerxes Cabio of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) region 10 said that the office has been distributing fiberglass boats with engine for faster and eco-friendly fishing as one boat lessen one tree to be cut in making a wooden boat. 

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In the end, Maagad encouraged the students to be more interested in agriculture than electronics and technology as the Philippines has a lot of land to be developed. He encouraged them to make more scientific studies regarding farming so we could help our farmers, our lands and help our country make use of the abundant natural resources that we have. (Cherryl Juranes/PIA10)

DA pushes Adlay-based products, organize cluster

Milled Adlay, or grits, cooked as rice alternative takes center stage during the recent Region-10 Adlay Stakeholders Meeting at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC), Dalwangan, Malaybalay City.

The Department of Agriculture -10 Research Division, thru a team of Adlay researchers and product developers, has developed and promoted the production, marketing and utilization of Adlay and Adlay-based commercial products such as wine, breakfast cereals, coffee, among others considering the crop’s diverse potentials in addressing food and nutrition security, and in providing economic benefits to farmers and potential entrepreneurs.

To maximize Adlay’s production potentials and utilization in the Region, the agency has also organized an Adlay Industry Cluster, as an institutional mechanism for the sustained production and utilization of Adlay as a staple food and commercial crop in Northern Mindanao, a multi-stakeholder cluster of development partners from the government, private sector, academe, and other institutional players recently organized themselves for the creation and operationalization of the Adlay Industy Network in Region 10.

Juanita Salvani, DA-10 Research Division chief and chair of the Adlay National Technical Working Group (TWG) said that the institutional mobilization and industry clustering of Adlay hopes to develop and sustain Adlay-based agri-enterprises in Northern Mindanao.

Adlay, one of the most important staple cereal crops of many indigenous peoples groups in the upland areas, is characterized by its resemblance and taste similarity with rice, and a crop stand comparable with corn.

Antonieta Tumapon, lead researcher of the DA-10 Adlay R&D program, affirmed of the crop’s multiple potentials with economic, social and environmental benefits.

“Adlay is utilized as a rice alternative, health and wellness staple crop, alternative livelihood and income source thru value-added utilization,” Tumapon said. Also, with its extensive root system, Adlay is proven effective as a soil-erosion control crop in idle, sloping agricultural production areas. The increasing number of health-conscious individuals also contributed to the popularity of Adlay with the currently growing favorable market acceptability towards it.

In indigenous peoples communities, adlay is largely consumed as a household food security crop as a rice alternative or used to make lugaw (porridge),champorado or other household recipes. Commercially, adlay is being used to make a few limited products.

The Adlay research program in Region 10 is primarily driven by the goal of enhancing Adlay production, promotion and food utilization in Northern Mindanao, thru generating technologies that provide farmers with improved Adlay varieties and desirable agronomic characteristics.

Aside from technology generation on varietal development and crop protection, other components of the Adlay R&D program include seed production, on-farm commercial production, promotion and advocacy, product development, among others.

The institutional clustering of the Adlay industry stakeholders in Region 10 complements the technology development and promotional component of the Adlay Research and Development program of the Department of Agriculture 10 – Research Division thru the support of the Bureau of Agricultural Research.

For a newly-emerging agricultural enterprise for Adlay that is faced with the pressing challenge of unsustained production and undeterminate market, a strong production-to-utilization chain has to be institutionalized thru a multi-stakeholder participation and collaboration, with emphasis on ensuring the sustained production and market for Adlay as a staple food and commercial crop. This calls for priority attention along the areas such as institutional arrangements and support services, policies, promotion and application of new adlay farming technologies, capacity building of adlay farmers and product processors, and identification and development of markets, mainstreaming Adlay in the development agenda of the local government units, among others.

The clustering of the Region 10 Adlay Industry Network, which took-off as a Rural Development Action Plan and Project (RDAPP) of four (4) DA-10 Master in Public Management-Major in Rural Development (MPM-RD) students, is composed of specific Technical Working Group for six (6) component areas: policy development and planning; capacity development; agri-enterprise and agribusiness development; research, production and technology transfer; mechanization and infrastructure support; environment and Adlay-based ecosystem development; and knowledge management.

The cluster has also heralded its vision of improving the quality of life for Adlay farmers, providing income diversification and alternative livelihood for rural entrepreneurs, and realizing a food-secure and healthy communities. The Region 10 Adlay industry shall exemplify inclusive growth for the overall benefit of stakeholders and partners in the value-chain, and uphold good governance of resources and the preservation of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations.

Significantly, long-term impacts are expected from successful Adlay multi-stakeholder partnership thru the crafting and implementation of policy interventions for improved Adlay production and utilization, and better household and community food security by tossing up Adlay as a potential additional Filipino staple food and commercial crop. The cluster is also banking on the establishment and operationalization of the Adlay Development Center in the region.

The RDAPP is conducted in support of the Adlay Research and Development (R&D) Program in Region 10 which intends to maximize Adlay’s potential and utilization as an additional staple food and alternative income source for communities.  (Mae Odimyrl A. Morales, DA-10)