DA pushes for development of cattle industry in Western Visayas

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Jaime San Buenaventura, Science Research Specialist of BAI discussed the importance of the establishment forage and pasture during the two-day training on Cattle Fattening at Regatta Hotel, Iloilo City.

Developing the region’s cattle industry is one of the priorities of the Department of Agriculture (DA), thus, the Livestock and Poultry Development Sector spearheaded the conduct of two-day training on cattle fattening. This training was aimed at imparting knowledge among the agricultural extension workers, cattle raisers and stakeholders about the latest technologies and techniques on cattle raising.

Western Visayas contributes about 9.77 percent of the country’s total cattle industry.  The region has produced 245,160 heads of cattle and it ranks fourth as top producing regions in backyard cattle farming as of the first semester of the year.

While hog raising predominates the livestock raising activities in Region 6, the promising growth of cattle industry and the increasing demand of beef also offers income opportunity to our farmers.

DA Regional Technical Director Peter S. Sobrevega said most of the farmer-raisers are used to conventional way of raising and feeding their animals through cut and carry or just feed them with any available grasses along the roads.

“Many farmers had lost interest in cattle raising therefore, we should maximize the potential of the cattle industry by keeping our farmers well informed of the new technologies and encourage them to establish forage and pasture to feed their animals for its sustainability,” added Sobrevega.

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 DA Regional Technical Director Peter S. Sobrevega urged the participants to adopt the latest technologies in cattle raising and encouraged the establishment of forage and pasture to boost the cattle industry in the region.

 During the training, Jaime San Buenaventura, Science Research Specialist II of Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) discussed the forage and pasture establishment and feeds and feeding. He explained that ruminants like cattle require food nutrients to maintain their growth and production.

On the other hand, Larry Lariosa, Agriculturist II of BAI, talked about the general guidelines in selection of stocks, proper care and management practices, and disease control and management.

The DA Regional Field Office 6 provides quality breed of semen through artificial insemination for genetic improvement and upgrading of stocks and distribution of planting materials of grasses and legumes among cattle raisers in Region 6.

Around 50 livestock technicians, interested cattle raisers and large ruminant coordinators from Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental participated in the training held on August 24 to 25 at Regatta Hotel, Iloilo City. # (MSSubang)

Israeli envoy meets stakeholders in WV, cites human resource vital to agri dev’t

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His Excellency Effie Ben Matityau, Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines

The Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau has recently visited Iloilo to share the best practices of his country in attaining inclusive agricultural development and as one of the world-exporters of safe, fresh and quality produce.

During a dinner reception held on August 22, Matityau said that the government has to capacitate human resource as it is regarded as a key for development in many countries.

He said that the Israeli government is offering a special on-the-job-training program for 540 Filipinos every year to study agriculture.

“We aim that every Filipino graduate of our program becomes quality managers and leaders in agriculture combining also the skills they learned here in the Philippines,” Matityau remarked.

Furthermore, he mentioned that farmers, the research and development, and extension are to be given prime importance to make agriculture a more sustainable sector. He added that the government should work closely with the farmers, businessmen, and members of the academe to create a desirable ecosystem of agriculture.

As ambassador to the Philippines since 2014, Matityau said that farming here in the Philippines is advantageous with the topography and the presence of technology, methodology and management. “I believe in agro-business In Israel, we grow anything that you can imagine. If you want to become high-end producers, let the countries decide for you. In the case of Philippines, you have potential markets in countries of Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan which are all hungry for fresh produce,” he explained.

“If you want to grow better products, you go into intensive farming. That is the key to the market. If you want a lower price, venture into extensive farming,” he urged.

He also shared that in Israel, the government has a mandatory insurance system for farmers to provide them with compensation to their crop loss when natural calamities strike.

“Agriculture is a high risk sector, thus farmers should have access to finance because farming is a lucrative business. Most governments are actually generous in providing production subsidies to farmers,” he added.

The meeting was also attended by Department of Agriculture 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter, Regional Technical Directors Manuel O. Olanday and Dr. Peter S. Sobrevega, banner program coordinators of DA, National Economic Development Authority Regional Director Ro-ann Bacal, Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council chairman Ricardo Provido Jr., Central Philippine University president Dr. Teodoro Robles, officers and members of the Iloilo Business Club, Inc. and Panay Organic Producers Association.

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(L-R) Regional Technical Directors Dr. Peter Sobrevega and Manuel Olanday join Regional Executive Director Remely Recoter in giving a token of appreciation to Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau during the dinner reception held on August 22 at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City.
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(L-R) NEDA 6 Regional Director Ro-ann Bacal, CPU President Dr. Teodoro Robles, Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau, DA 6 Regional Executive Director and RAFC 6 chairman Ricardo Provido Jr.

During the day, Matityau had visited organic farms here in Iloilo—the Palmares Farms in Passi City, Ephratha Farms in Badiangan, and Orchard Valley Farms in Pavia.#(Text by SMHToreno/ Photos by AJMSubade)

Coop in Iloilo qualifies for Gawad Saka search

SIampcThe Southern Iloilo Area Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIAMPC) based in Oton, Iloilo is one of the national finalists in the 2016 Gawad Saka Search for Outstanding Filipino Farmers and Fisherfolk- Small Farmers Organization Category.

SIAMPC, organized by the Samahang Nayons, has operations in Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Miagao, San Joaquin, Igbaras, Iloilo City, and areas in the Province of Guimaras. The Cooperative was registered on May 22,1981 under the Presidential Decree 175.

The national screening committee consists of Norman William Kraft, Director II of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council, Marlene Calangian of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and Sherie Dreje of the Agricultural Training Institute assessed the SIAMPCI’s management, operations, and projects’ impact to the community during the field validation held on August 18.

SCHOOL ON THE AIR ON GOAT PRODUCTION TO ENHANCE POPULATION IN ANTIQUE

Antique having a mountainous terrain and abundance of forage and grasses is ideal in raising livestock especially small ruminants. Bayate noted that most of the existing stocks were purely native wherein it has a great potential for upgrading through the introduction of purebred Anglo-Nubian, Boer and Saanen bulls and with the use of artificial insemination (AI).

He said that through the SOA on goat production, goat raisers in the province will be able to listen to topics from establishing forage and pasture area, housing, breed selection, cultural management, pests and diseases symptoms and control, silage making, feeds and feeding, milking and marketing strategies and linkage.

The resource persons will come from the DA-6 livestock and poultry sector, Bureau of Animal Industry, National Dairy Authority (NDA), provincial agriculture office OPA), provincial veterinary office (ProVet) and the officers of the Panay Small Ruminant Raisers Association (PSRRA) based in Iloilo.

Provincial Agriculturist Nicolasito S. Calawag was grateful that small ruminant industry in the province was highlighted saying that hundreds of goats were shipped to neighboring provinces every month.

He was optimistic that with the completion of the three-month long SOA, goat raisers will be organized and be able to strategized and come up with a roadmap for a sustainable and profitable industry.

The SOA will be anchored by Ms. Arlene Edna La Vega, farmcaster from the Office of the Provincial Agriculture, Mr. Francisco Galluego from the Provincial Veterinary Office, Ms. Juvy S. Gaton and this writer from DA-RAFIS 6. This will be aired over local radio station DYKA-AM, 801 khz from 5:30am to 6:00am every Thursday and Friday.

Interested goat raisers may coordinate to their respective municipal agricultural officers (MAOs) for enrollment forms for them to be enrolled in the SOA on goat production.# (JEEOgatis)

Recoter talks on Project ‘MANa’ among Guimaras agri leaders

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Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter detailed the Project “Maunlad na Agrikultura sa Nayon” (MANa) among municipal agriculturists and rice program coordinators of the province of Guimaras during a recently held Municipal Agriculture Officers (MAOs) meeting.

Project MANA, according to Director Recoter, aims to rehabilitate El Niño damaged areas and to prepare mitigation plans for La Niña comes the last quarter of the year. “Another component of this Project is the expansion of one million hectares of rice areas in the country,” she added.

As a special project of DA, MANa would espouse an enhanced provision of agricultural investments and services that would empower greater number of farmers and fisherfolk. It also encompasses the overall priority thrust of the Department towards attainment of food security and self-sufficiency.

Based on a report, 85 percent of Guimaras’ 11,000 hectares rice areas are rainfed.

“We are hoping that the municipal agriculturists together with the Provincial Office for Agricultural Services will be able to identify 100 hectares or more rainfed areas so that the DA could provide assistance through the small scale irrigation projects,” Director Recoter explained.DSC_1041.jpg

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol has new policy directives that will complement the purpose of Project MANA. It includes the establishment of a color-coded map that is being worked out by the Bureau of Soils and Water Management and the Regional Soils Laboratory. This is to help the agency in determining suitable and vulnerable areas for crop production. On other hand, Sec. Piñol also pushes for the national food consumption quantification survey, redirects agency’s focus in facilitating farmers’ food production, and strengthens technology adoption among farmers.

“We gear towards food affordability and availability. To materialize that, the farmers should use modern farm technologies that will eventually reduce the production costs, thereby increasing their profitability,” Director Recoter pointed out.

She also added that the agriculture chief allots P1 million fund per region to be loaned to farmers through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council. This will help the DA in the expansion of one million hectare rice areas and in the attainment of food self-sufficiency by 2019. # (SMHToreno)

Recoter bares agri directives to municipal agriculturists in Western Visayas

 Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter talked on the policy directives for the agriculture sector during the monthly regular meetings of the Municipal Agriculturist (MAs) of the six provinces in the region.

 

 Director Recoter who has assumed office as DA 6 Head last July 18 started her meetings with the MAs last August 9 by attending Iloilo MAs monthly meeting at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol, then on August 10 with Antique MAs at Tobias Fornier Municipal Hall and on August 11 with Guimaras MAs at Guimaras Provincial Capitol and on August 12 with Capiz MAs.

 

The policy directives aimed to lay down the foundation of the new administration’s program towards rice self-sufficiency by the end of the term of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

 

She said that the Maunlad na Agrikultura sa Nayon (MANa) project is a six month initiative of the department to use science-based tools to facilitate gathering of accurate information by direct observation in the farms. “These accurate data will ultimately serve as a foundation for reliable programs and intervention for the agriculture sector,” Director Recoter added.

Through project MANa, the DA will enhance production of hybrid rice to all irrigated rice farmers by giving all seeds, fertilizers and insurance coverage to ensure 10 to 14% increase in production and income in a cycle of five cropping seasons which will start next year.

 

The department will also fast tract the rehabilitation of El Niño affected areas by providing rice and corn seeds intervention and prepare for the forecasted La Niña occurrence later this year.

 Recoter said that there will be expansion of one million hectares nationwide for irrigated areas which will come from existing rain fed areas and other unutilized lands through the provision of small scale irrigation projects (SSIPs) in coordination with the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM).

She said that encouraged all MAs to help identify potential irrigable areas in their respective towns and extend logistics to DA-BSWM validating teams when they arrived for validation.

 

 BSWM was also mandated to produce color-coded agriculture guide map which will determine a particular commodity or agricultural activity best suited in an area based on geography, climate and soil conditions.

           

The National Food Consumption Quantification survey will be conducted to determine what food and the volume of food commodities a certain area consume to better determine the regions food requirement.

           

Director Recoter also shared that there will be intensified agri. technology dissemination, continuance of financing programs like Sikat Saka, ACPC programs, Agriculture and Fisheries Financing Programs (AFFP) and agrarian reform financing.

Postharvest provision to ensure decrease in production losses, marketing activities, collaboration for the protection of watershed areas and enforcement of agri-fishery laws will be undertaken.

 

She stressed that DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has suspended land conversions and move for the introduction of basic agriculture in Elementary Curriculum.

Recoter who successfully led DA Region 11/Davao Region for three and a half years vows to elevate Western Visayas especially Iloilo to become once again the rice granary of the country with the completion of the Jalaur River Dam.#(JEEOgatis)

RCPC urges farmers to be vigilant against rice insect pests

The Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) 6 encouraged all rice farmers to keep watch of their standing crop this first cropping season against four rice pests which may infest their fields.

According to RCPC Chief Rene B. Famoso, these four rice pests comprised of armyworm/tagustus, rice black bug (RBB), brown planthopper (BPH) and stemborer.
He said that these pests usually proliferate after a long dry spell or El Niño and when there are intermittent rains and humid climate in the fields.
“The armyworm with dark color is the most dangerous compared to light brown or light yellow/green colored ones. This kind totally infested 31 hectares of corn in San carlos City, Negros Occidental wherein the DA, PLGU together with the local government unit immediately gave assistance to affected farmers for replanting, said Famoso.
 
Rice farmers should keep watch for the influx of rice black bug (RBB). As of July 2016, seven municipalities in the province of Capiz, four districts of Iloilo and whole of Negros Occidental reported presence of RBB which usually attack rice at vegetative stage until fruiting with damage usually called bugburn and whiteheads, respectively.
 
Famoso said that the brown planthopper (BPH) frequently hide underneath the canopy of the rice plant and stay on rice stalks where they suck the plant juice while the stemborer larvae go inside the plant in less than 24 hours after hatching.
Management of these pests include sanitation or cleaning of surroundings and dikes before crop establishment and water management i.e. irrigating the field to control armyworm, rice black bug and stemborers while draining the field for management of brown planthopper population.
 
Fertilizer management which include split application of nitrogen, and application of ½ bag of potassium to increase plant vigor during the first 30 days after planting. Potassium application is a general recommendation in the absence of soil analysis, minus one element technique and leaf color chart reading.
For armyworm, farmers could also use grated coconut (ugasip) or brown sugar broadcasted to the infected field in order to attract ants which will prey on the said pests. The RCPC at WESVIARC, Hamungaya, Jaro, Iloilo City is mass producing Metarhizium anisopliae an effective biological control against RBB. The fungus is given free to farmers with letter requests noted by the municipal agricultural officer.
Famoso an Entomologist of DA 6 emphasized that the application of chemicals should be the last recourse of the farmers. He said that contact chemicals should be used to control armyworm and should be applied late in the afternoon.#(JEEOgatis)