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Dragon fruit boosts livelihood and ecotourism for Ilocos Norte

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Agri-based enterprises are often small operations with very little income. Often, this income isn’t enough to support the farm family throughout the year. Enter the dragon! Or rather the dragon fruit!

 

Dragon fruit is slowly gaining ground in the local market because of its health benefits and command for profit. Recognizing the potential of this fruit for enhancing livelihood and agri-based tourism, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) and Ilocos Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (ILARRDEC) teamed up to establish a Science and Technology-based Farm (STBF) on organic production of dragon fruit.

 

This STBF is located on part of a 10-ha farm of Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Edita Dacuycuy that also is being developed into an agro tourism site.  PCARRD and ILARRDEC effectively partnered with the “dragon fruit lady of the north”, who incidentally received the Department of Agriculture’s National Gawad Saka Award.

 

The STBF, one of the major modalities under PCARRD’s TechnoGabay Program, showcases the effectiveness of science and technology (S&T) interventions in improving productivity and income derived from specific commodities.

 

Specifically in Ilocos Norte, it aims to establish a chemical-free production technology for the dragon fruit, develop strategies to prolong its shelf life and promote the S&T interventions to at least 30 farmer-adopters in the community.

 

To ensure that production is organic, MS Dacuycuy is evaluating the effect of fruit bagging on the quality of the fruits as well as best methods to control pests and diseases. She also produces her own organic fertilizer to maintain the overall health of the soil and to reduce production costs.

 

Aside from seeking to improve fruit production, the STBF will ensure the production of planting materials to support expansion to other areas. In fact, MS Dacuycuy has been supplying planting materials to farmers from all over Ilocos Norte as well as to those from other provinces in Luzon and Mindanao. She also provides technical support to more than 30 other growers all over the province.

 

The speed at which dragon fruit has gained acceptance in Ilocos Norte can be attributed to several success factors. MS Dacuycuy herself is one of these. Always enthusiastic for the crop and passionate about sharing, she easily gets converts from among her audience.

 

Another factor is its promotion by the local government units and the ease with which the production technology is accepted. In fact, even elementary pupils are now dragon fruit producers and they have in turn, convinced their parents to start planting.

 

As part of its commitment in promoting the fruit nationwide, PCARRD is bringing its Technology to the People (T2P) in Ilocos Norte in time for Dragon Fruit Festival to be held on July 5-6.The T2P on dragon fruit will be held on July 6 in Dacuycuy’s farm located in Brgy. Paayas, Burgos, Ilocos Norte.

 

During the T2P, PCARRD Executive Director Patricio S. Faylon will be on hand to share with media PCARRD’s initiatives in the promotion of dragon fruit. As well, he will be sharing his thoughts on the direction for the commercialization of the fruit.

 

The growers of dragon fruit in the province prefer to call the dragon fruit Saniata, meaning light and wealth. As the self-envisioned Dragon fruit Capital of the North, Ilocos Norte, MS Dacuycuy and her REFMAD Farms, PCARRD and ILARRDEC will work together to ensure that the vision becomes a reality.  Butch Pagcaliwagan and Lily Ann Lando, S&T Media Service

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October 1, 2011 at 4:37 am

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ACPC Program Offers 15% Interest on Agri Loans

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Eligible small farmers and fishers will now be able to avail themselves of loans for either agricultural production or microfinance with an interest rate of fifteen percent per annum (15% p.a.).

 

This is now possible after the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) approved the implementation of the depository mode scheme of the Agro-Industry Modernization Credit and Financing Program-Cooperative Banks Agri-Lending Program (AMCFP-CBAP).

 

According to ACPC Executive Director Jovita M. Corpuz, they were able to eliminate one layer in the current wholesaler-retailer scheme, which allowed them to further lower the interest rates.

 

“The depository mode scheme offers a pass on rate to borrowers at a maximum of fifteen percent per annum (15% p.a.). This is much lower than the interest rates offered in our other programs,” ED Corpuz said.

 

She explained that under the said scheme, eligible cooperative banks will be given a stable, low-cost funding support, in the form of special time deposits, which will have a one year maturity with a maximum interest of 3% per annum.

 

“The earnings from these special time deposits can be used to finance loans for small farmers and fisherfolk, in addition to the banks’ existing appropriate and incremental agricultural loan portfolio,” she added.

 

ED Corpuz also said that should there be any “material adverse change in the financial condition or in the regulatory assessment of the cooperative bank, the special time deposit shall be due and demandable at anytime.”

 

As part of the guidelines, participating cooperative banks must also disburse the proceeds of the special time deposits to eligible farmers/fisherfolk borrowers within 90 days from the receipt of the deposit.

 

An initial fund of four hundred million pesos (PHP 400M) has been allocated for the program, which will be implemented in areas where participating cooperative banks operate. Rice, corn, fishery, and other high value crops prioritized by the Department of Agriculture will be financed under the program.

 

The ACPC is composed of the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, Finance, and, Budget and Management; the Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; and, the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority. Director Norman William S. Kraft, ACPC – Public Affairs and Information Services, AGRICULTURAL CREDIT POLICY COUNCIL

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September 30, 2011 at 3:51 am

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Training on coir twining of Butuan City Jail inmates held

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Despite the misdemeanor, the humanity in our brothers and sisters who are behind bars is still there.

 

The inmates of Butuan’s Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) proved this fact to the personnel of the Philippine Coconut Authority during the latter’s conduct of Coir (Coconut Fiber) Twining at Butuan City Jail on August 3, 2011.

 

According to PCA Administrator Euclides G. Forbes, the training was initiated by PCA as a livelihood project for the inmates whereby additional income could be derived to support their families despite their detention. It is likewise a means to develop camaraderie among the inmates.

 

The PCA team provided the three (3) units of manual twining machines and ten (10) sacks of coir used during the training.

 

PCA Region 13 Regional Manager Roberto A. Manlunas observed that after a week of training, the inmates continuously produced coir twines with utmost zeal. Accordingly, they requested 50 units of twining machines and continuous supply of coir for processing. Administrator Forbes has assured them of continued support through provision of additional twining machines.

 

With the success of this project, Administrator Forbes assured the public that a comprehensive project proposal is currently prepared. The project will be replicated in other jails among coconut growing areas.

 

The BJMP – Butuan City acknowledged the endeavor of the PCA – Region 13 for this worthwhile assistance. Coconut Media Service, PHILIPPINE COCONUT AUTHORITY

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September 30, 2011 at 3:49 am

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Nat’l scientist challenges farmers to produce enough rice

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Dr. Gelia T. Castillo, national scientist and member of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Board of Trustees, challenged Mindanao farmers to improve their yield during the recent Farmers’ Field Day and Forum in PhilRice Agusan in Basilisa, Remedios T.  Romualdez, Agusan del Norte.

 

Close to 1,000 farmers, students, representatives of local government units, and members of the press from Regions 10, 11, and 13, attended the activity.

 

Recognizing the issues on food production, Castillo said “farmers have a huge role to play” in producing more rice to feed the ballooning population.

 

“The Caraga region has slightly higher per capita rice availability (129 kg) than the national average (119 kg)…..The challenge now is how to increase rice productivity so the region can contribute to Philippine rice self-sufficiency,” Castillo said.

 

Castillo stressed that 27 percent of the country’s population are in 26 marginal provinces while 17 and 16 percent are in non-rice producing cities in the National Capital Region and non-rice producing provinces, respectively. To feed this population and for the country to be rice self-sufficient in 2013, Castillo urged farmers in provinces with higher per capita rice availability to increase their production.

 

Castillo noted that the farmers’ inquisitiveness and their eagerness to bring their children to PhilRice experimental fields to learn with them show the tillers’ determination in improving their yield.

 

Meanwhile, PhilRice Executive Director Eufemio T. Rasco Jr. assured farmers that the Institute will intensify rice research and development efforts in Mindanao as some of the country’s poorest farmers are in the region. In Northern Mindanao and in Davao and Caraga regions, the areas covered by PhilRice Agusan, wet and very wet climatic conditions limit the farmers in attaining high yield.

 

To help farmers attain high yield, PhilRice-developed varieties such as NSIC Rc160, a variety with an average yield of about 6 t/ha. The variety, with a maximum yield of 8 t/ha, was the farmers’ most preferred among the other varieties owing to its good eating quality and yield.

NSIC Rc160 is also good for ratooning or letting the rice plant produce new tillers after harvesting the crop. 

 

“It feels great learning that farmers like the variety we bred at PhilRice,” said Dr. Manuel Jose C. Regalado, PhilRice deputy executive director for research.

 

Regalado also announced that the Department of Agriculture will train farmers’ associations on seed production to improve their capability in producing their own high-quality seeds.

DA-PhilRice is a government-owned and –controlled corporation that aims at developing high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

 

For more information, please visit or contact DA-PhilRice at Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija with telephone number (044) 456-0285 loc 511/512 or any PhilRice station near you. You may also visit their website at www.philrice.gov.ph or text your questions to 0920-911-1398. PHILIPPINE RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (PhilRice)             

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September 30, 2011 at 3:33 am

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NFA issues rice to victims of typhoon Pedring

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The National Food Authority has todate issued a total of 10,425 bags of rice to local government units doing relief operations and assisting victims of typhoon Pedring.

 

NFA administrator Angelito T. Banayo said the initial report of rice issuance were mostly in Regions 5, 3 and 2. For Region 5, out of the total volume issued, 6,150 bags went to Albay; 500 bags for Camarines Norte; 45 bags for Catanduanes and 10 bags for Camarines Sur.

 

For Region 3, the Office of the Governor of Bulacan has issued a total of 1,900 bags of rice to the flood-prone towns of Hagonoy, Paombong and San Rafael. The province of Tarlac and Bataan has also respectively issued 50 bags of rice each to the towns of San Manuel and Pilar.

 

For Region 2, meanwhile, a total of 550 bags of rice were issued to the local government of  Isabela and 300 bags for Cagayan.  Initial damage to stocks were also placed at P5 million. 

 

Rice requests for relief operations were either paid in cash or credit under a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the local government units and other government agencies doing relief assistance.

 

Banayo is also in constant touch with the NFA regional directors who are still assessing the extent of damage brought by typhoon Pedring to their rice inventory.

 

As of todate, only the National Capital Region has submitted an estimated damage to rice stocks in warehouses destroyed by the typhoon. At Metro Food Complex Warehouse No 5 located at Malanday in Valenzuela, the North District Office of NFA has initially reported a damage of 1,500  bags of rice  when some seven  span of roofing at the warehouse were blown off at  the height of the typhoon.

 

At Kingswood warehouse in Caloocan, some 200 bags of rice were damaged when the warehouse roofing were similarly blown by typhoon Pedring.

 

To keep updated on the extent of damage to NFA properties, Banayo said the NFA  maintains a 24-hour operation of its Central Office and Field Office  Operation Center (OPCEN) to receive requests for relief assistance and ensure smooth coordination between NFA warehouses and the agencies withdrawing rice.

 

Despite the typhoon, as of the third week of September, the overall country’s food security inventory is still high at 2.5 million metric tons equivalent to 75 days supply given the  estimated  domestic daily requirement of  34,000 metric tons.

 

Of this volume, the NFA has a total of 1.3 million metric tons while household  and commercial has a total of  638,700 and  596,700 MT, respectively .  NFA’s rice inventory is equivalent  to 52 percent  of the total rice stock of the country. Household and commercial stock respectively represents 25 and 23 percent of the total rice inventory of the country.

 

The National Capital Region has the highest rice inventory with 7 million bags. Region 3 follows with 2.7 million bags; 2.5 million bags for Southern Tagalog; 2.2 for Region 1 and 1.6 million bags for Region 5. Region 2 still has close to a million bags sufficient to meet for almost a month the required 31,000 bags regional daily rice consumption. Director Rex C. Estoperez, Public Affairs Department, NATIONAL FOOD AUTHORITY

 

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September 30, 2011 at 3:28 am

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WORLD RABIES DAY AT SM MALL OF ASIA

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The Philippines through the National Rabies Committee (NRC) spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI)  will join the world in the celebration of World Rabies Day on September 29,2011 at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City in collaboration with  the Animal Welfare Coalition, and Merial, Novartis, Sanofi and Nestle Philippines, Inc.

 

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the celebration will raise public awareness and understanding about the importance of rabies prevention.  “Rabies is the oldest and deadliest disease known to mankind and the people should know how to protect themselves, their pets and the community, as well,” Alcala added.

 

NRC is an inter-agency committee composed of Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), private sector and non-government organizations.

 

DA-BAI assistant director and NRC chairman Dr. Victor Atienza said rabies is primarily a disease of children with about 2.8 deaths per million population, and of which 40% are children below 15 years old. “Children are particularly at risk from this terrible disease, due to their close contact with dogs, the major global source. They are more likely to suffer multiple bites and scratches to the face and head, both of which carry a higher risk of contracting rabies.  They are often unaware of the danger that dogs transmit rabies and may not tell their parents when a bite, lick, or scratch has occurred from an infected animal” he added.

 

“Working Together for a Rabies-Free Philippines” is this year’s theme. To increase public awareness on the rabies prevention, NRC has lined up the following activities in partnership with Merial Philippines, Inc. (MPI), Sanofi Pasteur, New Marketlink and SM Pet Express at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

 

· National Poster Presentation of Rabies Activities

· Launch of Rabies Free Philippines Pins

· Awarding of Rabies Free Zones (Camotes Group of Islands and Malapascua Island)

· Free Photo booth and Games for Kids

· Live Entertainment

 

Rabies is a viral disease that can be transmitted to animals and humans.  The disease is transmitted mainly by bite, but exposure may also occur through contamination of broken skin or mucous membranes with saliva from an infected animal. Once neurological symptoms of the disease develop, rabies is fatal to both animals and humans.  Vaccination prior to possible exposure is a crucial part of health management of domestic animals, and is the single most important factor in rabies prevention.

 

Rabies prevention starts with the animal owner.  Protect yourself, your pet and your community by taking animals to be vaccinated.  Avoid stray animals.  If you are bitten, wash bite wounds with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately.  If your pet is bitten, consult your veterinarian immediately.  Prompt and appropriate treatment after being bitten and before the disease develops can stop rabies infection and/or prevent the disease in humans and animals. Victor C. Atienza, DVM, FRVC, CESO IV, Assistant Director and Chairman, National Rabies Committee, BUREAU OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY

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September 30, 2011 at 3:26 am

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NFA , LGUs and relief agencies needs closer coordination speed up assistance to typhoon victims

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National Food Authority administrator Angelito T. Banayo calls for closer coordination with local government units and other government relief agencies to speed up rice issuance and giving assistance to victims of typhoon Pedring.

Banayo also tasked the field offices to monitor closely the price of staple in the market to prevent any unwarranted increase in the price of the staple even as he informed the NFA has sufficient food security rice stocks to meet any upsurge in demand for rice.

With a present high food security inventory, Banayo is confident it can meet rice demand of LGUs and government relief agencies in areas heavily affected by flood and where a lot of residents are housed in relocation centers.

According to Banayo, the NFA has todate issued a total of 10,425 bags of rice to local government units and relief agencies giving assistance to typhoon victims. The bulk of initial rice for relief assistance totaling 7,575 bags issued mostly to the provinces of Region 5. The Bicol region was also heavily battered last month by typhoon Juaning.

For Albay which was still reeling from the effects of earlier typhoon, the NFA has issued a total of 6,565 bags of rice through the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Another 500 bags of rice each were also respectively issued for Camarines Norte and Catanduanes also through the DSWD. Meanwhile 10 bags were issued to Camarines Sur through the province’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

He also cited that in Region 3, the NFA has issued 900 bags to the Office of the Governor for distribution to the flood affected towns of Hagonoy, Paombong and San Rafael.

Also in Region 3, the local government of San Manuel in Tarlac and Pilar in Bataan has also availed of 50 bags each for distribution to the victims of typhoon Pedring in their respective municipalities.

For Region 2, meanwhile, a total of 550 bags of rice were issued to the local government of Isabela and 300 bags for Cagayan. Initial damage to stocks and infrastructures were also placed at P5 million.

Banayo has also authorized the NFA Central district in the National Capital Region to issue 50 bags of Iron Fortified Rice to the city of Manila.

Rice requests for relief operations were either paid in cash or credit under a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the local government units and other government agencies doing relief assistance.

The NCR also reported damage to some 1,700 bags of rice at the North District Office’s MFC Warehouse No 5 in Malanday,Valenzuela and at Kingswood warehouse in Caloocan. To prevent further damage to stocks, these were transferred to adjacent warehouses.

The NFA chief instructed the field and central office operation centers to maintain a 24-hour operation to keep posted on developments and receive requests for relief assistance. This will ensure smooth coordination between NFA warehouses and the agencies withdrawing rice. Director Rex C. Estoperez, Public Affairs Department, NATIONAL FOOD AUTHORITY

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September 30, 2011 at 3:21 am

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PHL reaps gold in Int’l Earth Science Olympiad

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The Philippines medal haul in the most prestigious math and science competitions in the world continues as four high school students’ net gold, silver and bronze medals in the recently concluded 5th International Earth Science Olympiad.

 

Taking home honor for the Philippines from Modena, Italy where the competition was held were gold medalist Williard Joshua Jose of Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Main Campus, silver medalists Christoper Jan Landicho of PSHS Bicol Region Campus and Charles Kevin Tiu of St Jude Catholic School in Manila and bronze medalist John Allan Olesco of Aquinas University Science High School.  Jose won a silver medal in last year’s IESO held in Nigeria. 

 

The winning team was mentored by Prof. Miguel Cano of Bicol University and Dr. Marietta de Leon. PSHS Main Campus Director Dr. Helen Caintic joined as an observer.

 

The IESO is the premiere international earth science competition for secondary school students 17 years old and below and was held from September 5 to 14, 2011. It was the first time that the competition was held in Europe and in Italy.  The Philippines hosted the IESO in Bicol in 2008.

 

The competition covers areas such as astronomy, geology and geophysics, atmospherics and meteorology.

 

Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute Director Dr. Filma G. Brawner extended her congratulations to the team, prodding them to venture into science careers.

 

“The IESO is a good starting point for students to look at the earth from a different point of view and explore it.  There is still so much more to be discovered and we are hopeful that the IESO winners will take the lead in looking for new information about the world we live in,” she said.

 

Brawner said contests, such as the IESO, is a good venue for students to be competitive and to excel in the fields they want to pursue. 

 

“Competitions make pupils go beyond what they learn inside their classrooms. With time pressure incorporated in competitions, students are trained to work with grace under pressure.  But, more importantly, exposure to international competitions should translate into entry into science careers,” she said.

 

Brawner said beyond the medals, math and science competitions also raise awareness of the public on how science affects lives and moves the country forward.

 

“The IESO is intended to raise student interest in and public awareness of earth science, to enhance earth science learning of students, and to identify talented and gifted students in earth science,” she said.

 

Cano added that the team also extends its gratitude to Philex Mining Corporation, Rapu Rapu Polymetallic Project, Geological Society of the Philippines, Hope Christian High School, Bureau of Mines and Geosciences, Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Vibal Publishing House; and APO Central Italy for making possible the trip of the team to the contest. Mark Ivan Roblas, Information Officer, Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute

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September 29, 2011 at 2:29 am

Farmers reap fortune thru patience, perseverance

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Farmers here have attested that patience and perseverance do help them increase their income.

 

This they said after a bountiful harvest of assorted vegetables at a farmers’ field school where they were taught high-value crops production under the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) Agrarian Reform Communities Development Project. (ARCDP).

 

The farmers attended a six-month intensive training on year-round vegetable production, courtesy of the East-West Seed Philippines.

 

Twenty-one farmers from five barangays within the Capoocan agrarian reform community (ARC), 14 of them are agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), shared inspiring stories shortly after their graduation from the said field school.

 

Nelly Macolor, 57, an ARB from Barangay Sto. Niño, said that the new farming method enabled her to harvest from her 500 sq. m. demo farm 194 kilos of ampalaya (bitter gourd); 98 kilos of pipino (cucumbers); and 16 kilos of sweet pepper, all produced organically and earned a total of P10,850 at farm gate price just on her initial harvest, nearly enough to offset the P12,087 she spent for the seeds, land preparation and other miscellaneous expenses.

 

Bacolor added that her net income ballooned to some P30,000, more than seven folds from her previous income of P440 before she enrolled in the school.

Before, she said, she used to plant only corn and kamote (sweet potatoes) in the same area. 

 

Besides teaching the new farming technique, the East-West Seed Philippines together with the local government unit also offers credit for farmers’ start-up capital.

 

DAR Regional Director Eliasem Castillo said the good gesture of East-West Seed Phils. Enabled the government to save funds for skills training and development of farmer-beneficiaries. The DAR tied-up with the East-West Seed Philippines thru public-private partnership (PPP) in establishing the farmers’ field school.

 

“The farmers’ field school also trains farmers in developing, producing and marketing of vegetables,” added Castillo.

 

Castillo said this high-value vegetable production project was pilot-tested in Calbiga ARC in Samar; Balangiga ARC in Eastern Samar, San Isidro and Capoocan ARCs in Leyte.

 

Marilyn Dacara, Technology Specialist of East-West Seed Philippines, said that farmers were also taught on seed and seedling management, insect and diseases identification and management, post harvest handling techniques, and basic record keeping.

 

“We also teach them which crop is appropriate to a particular area as well as market preferences making sure that all products will be sold,” said Dacara. Pinky, DAR-PAS

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September 28, 2011 at 6:41 am

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Education needed for rice self-sufficiency

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Officials in the rice sector stressed the need for farmers’ education in attaining rice self-sufficiency during the Farmers’ Field Day and Forum conducted at the Central Experiment Station of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Sept. 20.

 

Director Dante de Lima, national coordinator for rice and corn, said that volunteer technicians or farmers from local communities will be formed across the country to educate farmers in filling the 15-18 percent insufficiency gap in rice.

 

“We’re 82-85 percent rice self-sufficient, and [by training technicians or farmers based in their own communities will help increase rice production. These trained volunteers are from their areas, so they would know how to talk to the local people and would be very familiar with the locality],” de Lima said in Filipino.

 

De Lima also announced the Land Bank of the Philippines’ loan program called Magsasakang Pinoy’s Savings and Credit Card, which was created to help farmers obtain financial aid with low interest rates.

 

Meanwhile, PhilRice Executive Director Eufemio T. Rasco Jr said education is important in making farmers more receptive to new technologies. Rasco, who took office on July 13, said knowledge on the aspects in rice production such as new seeds and right application of fertilizers guide farmers in increasing their yield.

 

 “The bottom line in addressing farmers’ problems is education. Here at PhilRice, we produce training materials and [promote the technologies and varieties we developed through strategic ways such as Farmers’ Field Day and Forum,” Rasco said.

 

Farmers’ Field Day and Forum, a bi-annual event of PhilRice, was participated by about 2,000 Filipino farmers, Korean collaborators, and African trainees.

 

Korea, a first class agro-industrialized economy that averages 7.3 t/ha in rice yield, is sharing its technologies through the Korean Project for International Agriculture Center (KOPIA) to assist the Philippines become rice self-sufficient by 2013.

 

Since June, 25 extension workers from Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya are learning the PalayCheck System – an integrated crop management system, at PhilRice to increase rice production in Sub-Saharan Africa. Five Filipinos from the local government units of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan, and Isabela are also participants in the 16-week rice training program.

 

DA-PhilRice is a government-owned and –controlled corporation that aims at developing high-yielding, cost-reducing, and environment-friendly technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

 

 

For more information, please visit or contact DA-PhilRice at Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija with telephone number (044) 456-0285 loc 511/512 or any PhilRice station near you. You may also visit their website at www.philrice.gov.ph or text your questions to 0920-911-1398. PHILIPPINE RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (PhilRice)

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September 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

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