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Western Visayas rural women empowered

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DA 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter commends the efforts of the rural women in sustaining agricultural development and ensuring food nutrition and security.

Considered as the backbone of sustainable livelihood, rural women contribute in the attainment of food security and the country’s sustainable development goals. The Department of Agriculture (DA) recognizes their efforts in the quest to end poverty and hunger and promote food nutrition.

Around 260 women farmers from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and Iloilo gathered for the Regional Rural Women’s Month Celebration organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office 6 on October 24-25 at Punta Villa Resort, Arevalo, Iloilo City.

Themed “Babaye, Katuwang sa Pagbag-o Para sa Kauswagan”, the activity was aimed at enabling women’s ingenuity and resourcefulness towards the improvement of rural life.

“We celebrate the International Rural Women’s Day every October 15 to recognize the efforts of the women especially in the agricultural and rural development and in ensuring food security in the community,” said DA 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter.

DA and other government agencies allocates five percent of its total budget for the Gender and Development (GAD) Program. “Through the GAD Focal Point System in DA and its attached bureaus and agencies, we are committed to provide the five percent fund for the operations and implementation of projects for women,” added Recoter.

She also mentioned that the DA coordinates and partners with the different Rural Based Organization especially the Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs) in implementing projects and services for women empowerment.

“The DA promotes equal development opportunities for both men and women as an imperative and practical necessity for the viability and sustainability of rural development,” cited Lorna Villegas, DA Central Office Gender and Development Head Secretariat.

DA Region 12 Regional Technical Director for Field Operations Fe Ybañez encouraged rural women to look into farming as a business. She also added that rural women are now given equal access to education, credit, training and other government intervention, thus making their roles very critical in advancing the agricultural economy.

On the otherhand, Melodie Buendia, program coordinator of Philippines Good Return, enumerates the necessities of financial management to improve the economic status of rural women. Salient features of the Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women and RA 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004 were discussed by Atty. Ma. Nazelle Infante of the Iloilo City’s Prosecutors Office.

Dir. Recoter also awarded the regional winner for the Search for Outstanding Rural Women. Lea Deala, an integrated farmer from Brgy. Tinocuan, Dingle received a plaque, P30,000 cash prize and P50,000 worth of project grant from the DA.

The (RICs) of the five provinces displayed various agricultural products and handicrafts in the two-day Agri Trade Fair and Exhibit. RIC members in Guimaras generated the highest sales inventory, thus awarded with P10,000 cash and a set of microwave oven with cooking utensils.

The rural women also had the chance to show off their talents in a group cultural presentation. And it was the competing group from the Province of Aklan who emerged as champion in the contest and received P10,000 cash and a set of pasta maker with double burner and cooking utensils.# (Sheila Toreno/DA6Information)


DA 6 urges brown rice consumption in WV


The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) intensifies the promotion of the brown rice consumption in its recently launched #BROWN4good Challenge. The #BROWN4good Project is part of the PhilRice’s Be RICEponsible Campaign that commenced last 2014/

As a social media advocacy campaign, the #BROWN4good Project was designed to promote the consumption of brown rice or unpolished rice as a way to solve the four major problems of the Filipinos – undernourishment, farmers’ low income, rice self-sufficiency and hunger.

Locally known as pinawa, brown rice is the whole grain form of rice since only the outermost layer called hull is removed. The intact bran gives it a distinct brown or tan color, nutty taste, and chewy texture. The bran also gives it higher content of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than milled white rice. Its nutritional contents help in the prevention of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Any rice variety can be made into brown rice but the DA recommends the varieties which are soft and with good eating quality.

The consumption of brown rice will help the country in achieving rice self-sufficiency since its milling recovery is 10 percent higher compared to white rice. This will also help increase the farmers’ income.

DA 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter encourages the consumers, farmers, government agencies, and members of the academe to support the #BROWN4good Project.

Order brown rice from restaurants or cook it at home. Post a picture of the meal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Caption it with #BROWN4good and #Region6. The post shall be in public. Every post is equivalent to one cup of brown rice donated to charities in Western Visayas. The #BROWN4good Challenge was launched on August 30 and will run until October 31, 2016.

Brown rice is available at P36-P37 per kilo and P1,800 to P1,850 per sack at Iloilo Rice Processing Complex (IRPC) located at Brgy. Amamaros, Pototan, Iloilo. Interested buyers may contact Dionisio Hubag, Operations Manager of IRPC. #


DA ginapanugyan ang pagkaon sang brown rice

dsc_1333Ginasakdag sang Department of Agriculture (DA) sa pagpanguna sang Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) ang proyekto nga #BROWN4good challenge agud mapalapnag kag mapataas ang produksyon kag pagkonsumo sang brown rice ukon pinawa sa pungsod. Kabahin ang #BROWN4good project sa Be RICEponsible Campaign sang PhilRice nga ginsugudan sang tuig 2014. Tinutuyo sang #BROWN4good project nga magnubo ang presyo sang brown rice sa merkado agud mas madamo pa nga mga Pilipino ang makakonsumo sini.

Ang brown rice isa ka sahi sang bugas nga upa (rice bran) lang ang ginakuha agud magpabilin ang sustansiya sini. Bisan ano nga baridad sang palay sarang nga mahimo pinawa apang ginapanugyan sang DA ang mga baridad nga mahumok kay mas manumit ini kaunon. Ang pagkaon sang brown rice makabulig sa pag-agum sang bastante nga bugas sa pungsod bangud mas mataas sang sing 10 ka porsyento ang milling recovery sini kun ipaanggid sa puti nga bugas. Halimbawa, kun ipagaling ang isa ka kilo nga palay mangin 650 gramo kun white rice kag mangin 750 gramo naman kun himuon nga brown rice. Makakini pa sa gamit nga enerhiya kun magpagaling kay indi na kinahanglan nga papution ang bugas. Gani, makabulig ini sang daku sa mga mangunguma nga nagapatubas sang palay.

May nanari-sari nga kaayuhan ang pagkaon sang brown rice kay may mas mataas nga protina, dietary fiber, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, minerals kag antioxidants sang sa puti nga kan-on. Bastante man ini sa Thiamin kag iban pa nga essential oils nga makabulig sa pagtapna sang mga balatian kaangay sang diabetes, heart failure kag cancer. Maayo ang brown rice sa mga may ara diabetes bangud mas manubo ang glyceminc index sini. Dugang pa dira, makabulusog ang brown rice kag maayo guid sa mga naga-diyeta. Ginapanugyan man sang DA ang pagkaon sang brown rice bilang alternatibo sa puti nga kan-on kag isa ka maayo nga solusyon sa malnutrisyon.

Sa pagluto, magbutang sang duha ka tasa nga tubig sa kada tasa sang brown rice kag huluman  ini sa sulod sang 30 ka minutos.

Ginahingyo sang DA Regional Field Office 6 sa pagpanguna ni Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter ang mga pumuluyo lakip na dira ang mga mangunguma, konsumidor, ahensya sang gobyerno, eskwelahan, kag iban pa nga magpasakop sa sini nga proyekto.

Magbakal sang brown rice kag lutuon sa balay. Kuhaan dayun sang litrato ang ginluto nga brown rice kag i-post sa mga social media accounts kaangay sang Facebook, Twitter kag Instagram. Butangan sang caption kag hashtags nga #BROWN4good #Region6. Siguraduhon nga ang posts naka public. Sa kada post, magahatag ang DA sang is aka tasa nga brown rice sa mga kubos nga pumuluyo diri sa Western Visayas. Nagsugod ang #BROWN4good Challenge sang Agosto 30 kag magapadayun tubtob sa Oktubre 31, 2016.

Makabakal sang brown rice sa mas manubo nga presyo sa Iloilo Rice Processing Complex (IRPC) nga nahamtang sa Brgy. Amamaros, Pototan, Iloilo. Ang kada kilo sang brown rice nagabili P36 tubtob P37 ukon P1,800- P1,850 sa kada isa ka sako. Magtawag lang kay Mr. Dionisio Hubag, ang Operations Manager sang IRPC sa telepono nga (033) 529-8780 ukon sa DA- Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Section sa telepono nga (033) 335-3423 para sa dugang nga kasayuran. #(Sheila Toreno/DA6Information)

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.

Recoter talks on Project ‘MANa’ among Guimaras agri leaders


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)

Regional consultation held to boost WV cacao industry

DA 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter
DA 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter

The Department of Agriculture (DA) considers cacao as one of the prime commodities of the country for its great potentials in both export and domestic markets. In a consultation held recently in Iloilo City, DA 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter urged the local farmers to go into cacao production because this particular commodity has various uses from confectioneries to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Western Visayas contributes only one percent of cacao production in the Philippines while Davao region shares 82 percent to the national output in terms of volume and land area planted.

“We are hoping that with the support of all key players, Western Visayas will be a region to reckon with the cacao industry and will increase its contribution to the national cacao output within the next five years,” Recoter urged.

DA aims that by 2020, Region 6 can produce 2,000 metric tons of fermented beans. Furthermore, the agency will strengthen the market linkages and promotion, increase access to quality planting materials, improve farm productivity, enhance value added products, continue research and development activities, and resource mobilization.

The use of quality planting materials will ensure high production of farmers, thus the Bureau of Plant Industry, as an agency under DA, is tasked to spearhead the accreditation of plant nurseries of cacao. The accreditation will also guarantee distribution of quality planting materials of recommended crop varieties of cacao that are true to type and free from pests and diseases.

“There are more than 100 cacao nurseries in Davao but only 20 are accredited by BPI,” said Dir. Recoter.

She also mentioned that the DA 2017 budget was re-casted and the new administration will put more funds for the development of provinces’ priority commodities including cacao.

Esterlita M. Baddong, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Iloilo division chief, shared that the high transportation cost, limited grains supply, limited value adding activities for cacao, low level of consciousness on product quality and standards, price fluctuations, inadequate fermentation facilities, farmers’ lack of knowledge on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), inadequate supply of quality seedling materials and high yielding scions, and few accredited nurseries are some of the constraints in the cacao industry.

Other agencies are supporting DA in materializing the 2020 cacao challenge. The Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) offers financial and credit services to farmers, cooperatives, associations, and agribusiness entities who intend to put up cacao nursery, plantation, cacao beans processing and manufacturing, trading and export, and other related projects. Farmers can also insure their plantation and nurseries with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation.

On the otherhand, Engr. Edwin O. Banquerigo, DTI 11 Assistant Regional Director, presented the National Industry Roadmap for Cacao. He shared that DA-High Value Crops Development Program will distribute 500,310 pieces of cacao seedlings, and targets1,001 hectares of cacao plantation in Region 6 by 2017.

Banquerigo said that although Davao has the capacity to provide planting materials to other provinces, each region should grow cacao as this industry will help the small farmers, create more jobs and alleviate poverty incidence. He also mentioned that two companies based in Davao—the CocoPhil Exporters and Plantacion de Sikwate can accommodate big volumes of cacao produce from Western Visayas.

The consultation was attended by more than 300 farmers and entrepreneurs from the different provinces in Western Visayas. # (SMHToreno/JCVelario)

Twin tools to ensure efficient use of Fertilizer

The issue on fertilizer effectiveness and plant absorption of macro and micro nutrient relies mainly on the right amount, kind and timing of application of this stimulant in the soil. This concern mainly on the determination of the soil nutrients through soil analysis wherein the use of Minus One Element Technique (MOET) and Leaf Color Chart (LCC) for Nitrogen application is must for rice farmers in this era of scientific farming.

Clark N. Melendres, DA-RFO 6 Agriculturist II and Coordinating Officer for Special Foreign Funded Projects said that farmers should incorporate scientific tools to efficiently use resources and increase rice production.

“The MOET is a simple and practical decision-aid technique that assess nutrient requirement of the rice crop in actual field conditions. This also helps identify what nutrient is/are adequate or lacking in the soil,” Melendres said.

He said that this technique addresses problems on high cost of soil chemical analysis, inaccessibility to test centers in remote areas and high cost of inorganic fertilizers.

The MOET kit consist of seven nutrient formulations labeled as Complete which contains essential elements and six other formulations same as complete but lack or minus the specific nutrient specifically, Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), Potassium (K), Zinc (Zn), Sulfur (S) and Copper (Cu). These fertilizer formulations were then mixed to pots preferably without holes containing soil samples from the rice field.

Melendres stressed that farmers should always remember to decontaminate or wash their hands and tools after mixing each fertilizer formulations with the soil to avoid contamination. Then the pots will be planted with four to five seedlings or pre-germinated seeds and retaining only the two best growing plant per pot seven days after transplanting or sowing. The growth, tillering and biomass of the rice plant in minus one treatment will be observed and compared with that of the Complete treatment 30 to 45 days after planting to come up with results on what macro or micro nutrient is/are lacking in the soil. Fertilizer recommendations are also provided with the kit based on the planting season and desired target yield per hectare.

While the LCC is a cheap, fast and handy field instrument to measure green color intensity of leaf which is related to the plant’s nitrogen content. It is reflected on the chart that the yellowish green (No. 2) represents the lowest nitrogen concentration and the dark green (No. 5) as the highest.

Here, Melendres said that the first LCC reading will be done at 14 days after transplanting using the topmost, fully expanded and healthy leaf at least ten sample plants within the area. Farmer should do the LCC reading between 8:00am and 10:00am and not exposing the instrument to direct sunlight. Reading should be done by placing the middle part of the leaf on top of the LCC’s color strips for comparison.

If more than five out of ten leaves have readings below 4 in transplanted rice and below 3 in direct wet-seeded rice, it is recommended the apply 1 bag Urea/ha during Wet Season (WS) and 1.5 bag/ha during Dry Season (DS). If sulfur is deficient in the soil, farmer may use 2 bags of 21-0-0/ha during WS and 3.5 bags of 21-0-0/ha during DS instead of Urea

Melendres stressed that the same person should take the LCC readings from the first sample plant to the tenth plant every reading. LCC readings should be repeated every seven days until the first flowering stage.

The DA has distributed LCCs to all Municipal Agriculture Offices and encouraged farmers to make use of this tool to assess nitrogen content in their fields. These twin tools were of great help to rice farmers to confirm efficient use of fertilizer in their farms.(JEEOgatis)