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)

University Aggies bag championship at 10th FASMin skills tilt

After seven years, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan was once again proclaimed as the overall champion of the Federation of Agriculture Students in Mindanao (FASMin) Congress and Skills Competition.

The tenth installment of the said event, bearing the theme “Food and Nutrition Security Amidst Challenges in Climate Change,” was held from January 30 to February 2 at the Mindanao State University (MSU) – Naawan campus.

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Ten schools participated in the four-day congress: Camiguin Polytechnic State College, Caraga State University, Central Mindanao University, Jose Rizal Memorial State University, MSU – Lanao del Norte Agricultural College, MSU – Naawan, Misamis University, Mountain View College, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines – Claveria campus, and Xavier Ateneo.

Students competed in 36 events under three categories: crop-based, animal-based, and literary-musical skills.

 

Animal-based skills category

 

XU was hailed as the champion in the animal-based skills category, winning 11 out of 16 events.

Xavier Aggies won first place in the four-player carambola, both in men and women categories. JP Panunicial, Ralf Savellina, Jeo Sario, and RS Valdueza together got the carambola men’s championship, while the team of Rosario Bulan, Kim Sotelo, Danica Yasay, and Bianca Novela won the carambola women’s championship.

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In the two-player carambola, women contestants Kim Laina and Patricia Glema ranked third, while men contenders Steve Cutillas and Clifford Sario landed fifth.

Shanine Dhoty Chavez and Leon Paraguya won first and third places, respectively, in the lassoing event.

 

Whip crackers Steve Cutillas and Rosario Bulan won the top places in men and women categories, respectively.

 

Tug-of-war women players Bianca Novela, Kate Yamaro, Kim Laina, and Rosario Bulan placed first, while men players JP Panuncial, Leon Paguraya, Ralf Sabellina, and Steve Cutillas garnered second place.

Literary-musical skills

FASMin also celebrated the literary and musical skills of agriculture students, wherein XU emerged as the champion in the category.

Brian Anay, Jericho Montellano, and the team of Christian Val Daquipil, Louie Lopos, Liezl Logrono, and Paulo Bolanio placed first in extemporaneous speech, essay writing, and quiz bowl, respectively.

Faye Miranda topped the solo vocals while Thresha Amor Cornilla and Donne Villondo placed third in the duet vocal competition.

 

Carmella Quirog was crowned Miss FASMin while Daleton Tiu placed third in the Mister FASMin 2017 competition.

Crop-based skills category

 

Gielo Manguiran and Maureen Barcelon won the first places in the insect identification and fertilizer computation, respectively.

 

Lastly, Mark Joseph Gulmatico placed third in the plant propagation competition.

Besides promoting camaraderie, the FASMin Congress and Skills Competition serves as an annual gathering of students in the agriculture and allied fields from different Mindanao universities and colleges to keep abreast with local agricultural issues and development trends. (XU)

TESDA launches program to accelerate farm schools in Northern Mindanao

Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) announces its free technical vocational education and training (TVET) to farmers and fisherfolks and their families in accredited farm schools in Northern Mindanao during its launching of Program Accelerating Farm School Establishments (PAFSE) on 31 January 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City.

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As part of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s 10-Point Economic Agenda to promote rural value chain development, TESDA region 10 has partnered with Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Training Institute (DA-ATI) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) region 10 to identify sites where possible farm schools can be established.

According to TESDA Regional Director Edgar A. Sales, this program will assist the promotion of sustainable Agriculture and Fishery productivity and rural development, by providing access to TVET at the countryside through the farm schools.

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He added that, by allowing farm learning sites to develop course training and do the training themselves, students learn by doing through farmer to farmer practical education.

 

Meanwhile, Angelito Y. Quirog, PhD of DA-ATI said that there are almost 40 famr learning sites in the region. Among them are Alomah’s Place in Dahilayan Bukidnon which grows organic lettuce, Cervantes Square Foot Garden in Pagatpat Cagayan de Oro City for urban gardening, Queensland Herbs and Tourism Farm in Demologan, Bacolod Lanao del Norte, Jaya Secret Garden in Malaybalay Bukidnon, E&N Farm in Linabo Malaybalay City for coconut farming, Buhian Diversified Farm in Initao Misamis Oriental, JPL Farm Lala, Lanao del Norte, JIKA Farm, Hoyohoy Integrated Organic Farm and Tourism Park in Tangub City Misamis Occidental for Organic Native Chicken, San Roque Dairy Farm in Naawan Misamis Oriental for high value pasture grass and many others.
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He also shared that they have implemented arms to farms program in conflict areas in the region. They have successfully done this through one barangay, one learning site in Mamarga Gamay, Plaridel Misamis Occidental and Kauswagan and Munai in Lanao del Norte.

 

DA-ATI further shared Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Financial Literacy Advocacy on Stock Market Trading to the farmers in these learning sites.

On the other hand, DAR region 10 representative Ester B. Salas shared about their Links Farm program wherein they link smallholder farmers to market and linking Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) to corporate supply chains.

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In the region, she mentioned they have identified Link Farm sites in Sumilao, Impasug-ong an Malabalay City, Bukidnon, and Lagonglong and Balingasag in Misamis Oriental among others.

 

According to TESDA Misamis Oriental provincial director, these identified sites by DA-ATI and DAR will have to apply for accreditation at TESDA provincial offices to be given the grant to provide training to farm scholars.

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He added that PAFSE aims to address food security in the nation to encourage the youth to continue or pursue farming and fishery business.

 

To enroll for learning site accreditation or to apply for scholarship, visit TESDA provincial offices near you or for more information, visit www.tesda.gov.ph. (JMOR/PIA10)

NFA simplifies passbook requirements, palay farmers can get it at no cost

National Food Authority (NFA) has urged farmers here to avail of the simplified requirements in applying for a farmer’s passbook.

This is one of NFA’s efforts in a bid to help farmers earn enough as the agency intensifies its “Palay (unhusked grains)” buying operations this rainy season.

NFA Bukidnon Provincial Manager Gil G. Tabor said passbook applicants are being issued “farmer’s passbook” free of charge in order to serve Palay farmers more efficiently.

He said individual farmers will simply submit a certification from Barangay Captain, Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), or Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) indicating the number of hectares planted with Palay and the yield per hectare—indicating whether the farm is irrigated or not.

Likewise, farmers’ cooperatives, associations or organizations only need to submit registration certificates from Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), or any registration certificate from concerned government agencies. Passbook applicants should also submit a list of farmer-members certified by local government unit (LGU)-MAO, whichever is applicable, indicating the number of hectares whether irrigated or not and the yield per hectare.

“The NFA-issued passbook will hasten buying-selling transactions between NFA and Palay farmers because the passbook will serve as the agency’s basis in determining NFA’s procurement allocation,” Tabor said.

Farmers can go directly to the nearest NFA provincial offices or NFA satellite buying stations for more details. They may also call landline number (088)813-3823 or send text messages to cellphone numbers 09173124524 and 09173278744. (Maria Socorro S. Mellomida-PIO NFA Bukidnon/RLRB, PIA Bukidnon)

NFA strengthens technical team to ensure accessibility of rice during disasters

The National Food Authority (NFA) in Bukidnon has strengthened its provincial technical team to ensure readiness and accessibility of rice for distribution in relief operations during disasters.

Provincial Manager Gil G. Tabor said the technical team’s role is vital in assessing the volume of rice needed in calamity-stricken areas.

“This is part of NFA’s crisis and disaster plan because we need to ensure the readiness and accessibility of the agency’s rice stocks in order to immediately respond to the local governments’ ‘distress call’ for food during disasters,” he said.

At present, NFA is processing the documents for signing of additional Local Government Unit (LGU) applicants and renewal of the memorandum of agreement by 10 LGUs, including the provincial government, for rice loan under the Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP). This allows them to acquire rice on credit for relief operations in case of disasters.

Chaired by NFA provincial manager, the technical team includes the enforcement and investigation services officer, the designated information officer, and warehouse supervisors involved in the release of rice for distribution to disaster-stricken areas.

Tabor said the technical team has been tasked to review, identify, and consolidate reports in order to increase number of LGUs that could avail of the program.

“As a government entity, NFA continues to be at the forefront in food distribution during disaster relief operations, which is in full support to the government’s food security programming and disaster risk management,” Tabor said. (Maria Socorro S. Mellomida-PIO, NFA/RLRB-PIA10, Bukidnon)