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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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)

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)

Northern Mindanao agri production declines in Q2 due to El Niño

The dry spell brought about by the recently ended El Niño phenomenon caused the agricultural production in Northern Mindanao to decline in the second quarter of the year, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) reported.

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For palay production alone, output fell by 19.7 percent to only 99,644 metric tons (MT) from 124,068 MT in the same quarter in 2015. Decreases in production were noted in four out of the five provinces in the region due to inadequate irrigation water and rainfall.

 

Engr. Cecilio Clarete, chief economic development specialist of NEDA-X, said some rainfed areas were also damaged during the vegetative stage and no plantings were made in upland areas due to dry spell.

 

Corn production, which is highly dependent on rainfall, also declined by 50 percent from 42,746 MT to only 21,220 MT. Except for Misamis Occidental, the rest of the provinces posted reductions in outputs for both white and yellow corn varieties. The decrease in output in Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte was due to lesser area planted and lesser usage of fertilizer while insufficient rainfall in some parts of Misamis Oriental as well as shifting of corn areas into pineapple and cassava further contributed to the decline production in the province.

 

Clarete said lesser production could also be attributed to more white corn from other areas of Mindanao which came into the region.

 

Similar trend was also posted in coconut production as both outputs for matured coconut and green nut slid by six percent and nine percent, respectively.

 

Production of major crops recorded a negative growth of 17 percent. All crops subsector, except fruit crops, reported declines during the second quarter of the year. The reduction was mostly noticed in industrial crops which posted an average decrease of 58 percent. Production of sugarcane which accounts for about 91 percent of the total industrial crops went down by 60 percent.

 

Vegetables production was likewise down by nine percent while rootcrops fell by about five percent.

 

The modest growths in banana and pineapple production at 1.27 percent and 3.97 percent, respectively, also failed to offset the production downturn during the quarter. Both banana and pineapple are considered as the major contributors of fruit crops in the region. (APB/PIA-10)

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Assistance to agricultural sector gets boost

More than 7000 farmers in Mambajao from the livestock sector, corn sector, rice sector, including those growing high value crops were subsidized by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the local government unit (LGU) to boost agricultural productivity and economic activity.

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As of last year, the government has dispersed 10 cattle and conducted the regular bi-annual de-worming, vaccination, and treatment of livestock animals via house-to-house visits.

 

Community seed banking (roll-over scheme) was likewise initiated under the rice program, to include the distribution of laminated sacks and collapsible dryer, while it offers other rice diversification program under the Bottom-up-Budgeting approach.

 

Farm inputs through the Plant Now Pay Later (PNPL) program were turned over to corn farmers, last year, to include seed capital for sweet corn.

 

Under the high value crop development program, the Department of Agriculture is currently distributing plastic drums and cacao seedling, while the Mambajao Municipal Agriculture Office also released seeds and farm inputs for commercial and backyard farming as well as scale-insect control (organic ameliorant) for lanzones trees.

 

P2.4 million worth of agricultural infrastructure support program were also constructed by DA, with LGU Mambajao counterpart to include the palay shed in Litican, multi-purpose drying pavement in Lumad, Abu-Baylao, and Litican, and the construction and rehabilitation of communal irrigation project in Anito and Balbagon. (JCV/PIA 10)

Feature: DA CPAR project: bringing technology options to farmers

We look into how the technologies will work at the fields, not in our research stations.

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Thus underscored by regional director Lealyn A. Ramos of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) before a crowd of media practitioners, in the recently held 3rd Region 10 Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Congress, Product Exhibits and Awarding Ceremony.

 

With its theme Enhanced Farm Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship: CPAR models the vehicle to Success, around 250 farmer-delegates from 16 project sites throughout Northern Mindanao convened in the said event with the aim of highlighting the commendable practices of farmer-managed CPAR organizations.

 

Initially started as adopters in the basket of on-farm research technologies primarily introduced by the DA’s research stations, the CPAR farmer-groups are actively applying different farm production technologies on rice, corn, vegetable, coconut and potato-based farming systems.

 

Ramos said she is elated that the CPAR farming communities in the region have not only banked on the agency’s initiatives on merely helping them increase their farm yields, but they have likewise embarked into value-adding commodities to fully maximize their farming ventures.

 

During the two-day affair, a wide array of products were showcased, including food crunches, yoghurt, ice cream, chips, milk, soap, wine, cereal drink, tea and other products made with rice, corn, sweet potato, white potato, soybean, carrots, adlay, cucumber, among other crops.

 

Corroborating the agency head’s statement is Juanita B. Salvani, chief of the research division of the DA-RFO 10.

 

“Gi-encourage namo sila nga kung unsa ang produkto nga ilang gitanum, mao to ilaang himoon nga value-added products. (We encourage farmers to make value-added products out of their produce).  However, we do not limit them to develop additional products,” Salvani said.

 

Ramos also stressed that the agency through its research stations is responsible for espousing various matured technologies, and are in no way, being enforced to CPAR farming-communities for acceptance and ultimately, adoption.

 

“Wala kami nag-impose kung unsa’y ilang (farming communities) buhaton (We do not impose this to the farming communities). We have technical staff that goes to different farming communities, and with the participation and cooperation of farmers, we look together at the challenges and identify research that would best be implemented at the grassroots to serve as their investment,” the regional director further clarified.

 

With the intervention of the CPAR project, many farming communities have reached milestones, including the increased number of membership and technology adopters in their respective localities; improved organizational management; wider access in the availment of agri-related assistance from the DA and different local government units (LGUs), among others.

 

Accordingly, the outstanding CPAR farmer-organizations were also conferred with honours for continuously embodying the ideals of the said project along with the laudable provincial and municipal LGUs and agricultural extension workers, who have supported in the implementation of the DA’s generated results in research. (JLOlson, DA-RFO 10/PIA 10)

Normin showcased CPAR experience

Farmer-leaders in Northern Mindanao convened in Cagayan de Oro city last week for the third Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Congress, Product Exhibits and Awarding Ceremony.

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The event aims to showcase successes as well as strategies adopted by CPAR farmers in 16 projects sites adapting to coconut-based, rice-based, corn-based, potato-based, and vegetable based farming systems.

Department of Agriculture (DA) region 10 Director Lealyn A. Ramos explained that these technologies were generated by the Northern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (NOMIARC), mature farming technologies that needs to be out in the field.

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The approach is meant to utilize fully all available researches that are oftentimes left in the shelves.

“The essence is that we clearly see the studies being adopted and that farmers are following scientific based approach in boosting production. We do not impose this to the farmers, we conducted consultations and listened to their recommendations as well as prepare them socially to be good technology adopters,” Ramos said.

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DA likewise released P250,000.00 worth of grant in the form of farm inputs to CPAR identified beneficiary organizations in the barangay, and other additional assistance they can tap from the agency.

CPAR organizations have also ventured into production of value-added food and non-food products as among the activities that diversify income for their rural farming households. (JCV/PIA 10)