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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)



Upland villagers in Alimodian get KOICA small scale projects


The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office 6 turned over on July 20 the small scale projects to the upland residents of Alimodian, Iloilo.

One hundred twenty-three households from the barangays of Dao, Umingan, Manasa, Lico and Cabacanan Rizal benefitted in the phase one implementation of the Panay Island Upland- Sustainable Rural Development Project (PIU-SRDP).

PIU-SRDP aims to improve living and community environment, and to increase household incomes, sustainability, strengthen value chain marketing, and promote ecological awareness of the upland farmers through sustainable rural development.

The initial phase, which was launched last December 23, had focused on the improvement of household conditions including the construction of toilets, concreting of floors, and repair of kitchen and walls, and development of barangay facilities like the construction of barangay and multi-purpose halls, and road riprapping with drainage.

According to DA 6 Regional Technical Director for Operations Manuel O. Olanday, this Korean government-assisted project emphasizes values reorientation and community empowerment adhering to Saemaul Undong’s values of diligence, self-help and cooperation.

Olanday thanked the KOICA group and the residents who worked together for a year to materialize the phase one implementation. He encouraged everyone to be ready for the next phase which will highlight community participation through the provision of income generating projects.

Jina Park, KOICA field manager assigned in barangays of Manasa and Umingan, shared that the second phase, which aims for income generation in selected barangays, will commence on September. She personally thanked the upland villagers for their hardwork and cooperation to complete the projects by themselves through the practice of Bayanihan system.

On the otherhand, municipal mayor Geefre A. Alonsabe said that the Korean government’s intervention will help in making Alimodian as an agri-tourism site soon. Alonsabe also expressed gratitude to KOICA, DA, and the Provincial Government of Iloilo for the successful implementation of small-scale projects in the ‘Seven Cities’.

Three phases of the project—the improvement of living environment, income generation, and promotion of self-confidence among the target beneficiaries are set to be completed by 2020. Other PIU-SRDP pilot sites are in Tapaz and Jamindan in Capiz; Patnongon in Antique; and Libacao, Aklan.#(SMHToreno)

Recoter is new DA 6 regional director

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has recently appointed Engr. Remelyn R. Recoter as the new Regional Executive Director (RED) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas effective July 1.
Recoter had worked for the DA-Agricultural Training Institute 6 for 18 years then she became the Regional Technical Director for Operations since 2007 until 2012. In 2013, Recoter was designated to lead the DA in Davao Region after the onslaught of typhoon Pablo.
Outgoing Regional Executive Director Larry P. Nacionales
During a simple rite held at DA 6 Admin Compound on July 18, outgoing RED Larry P. Nacionales turned over the responsibility to RED Recoter.
Nacionales assured all members of the organization that the new director is a ‘good shepherd’ who knows how to deal people and a new environment. He lauded Recoter for proving her capability when she successfully managed an agency during her stint as the DA Davao Region head for the past three and a half years.
“It’s high time to work as a team, let’s focus and produce more results, be positive and avoid human element,” Nacionales urged.
On the other hand, Recoter assured Nacionales that she will continue the good things implemented by the office.
New DA 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter
“To where I am now, I owe it a lot to Director Larry for shaping me as a leader.I would like to thank the person for giving me the opportunity to soar high,” Recoter said.
She further explained, “Kung may pagkukulang, pupunuannatin. This will not be ‘business as usual’.With the new administration we have to work fast, we have to act fast.
The marching order of President Duterte is to produce more affordable and available food, and to stop corruptions in the department. We will have a participatory approach in all our decision-makings toward the attainment of our goals.”
Recoter advised DA 6 employees to follow Sec. Piñol’s facebook page to keep updated with the new policy directions on agriculture and fisheries. #( SMHToreno)

DA 6 links Caluya farmers, fisherfolk to insurance program, agri services

Sonie Guanco of DA-Regulatory Division explains the importance of Good Agricultural Practices among farmer-participants during the information caravan held on June 8 in Caluya, Antique.

Aiming to keep the farmers and fisherfolk aware of government support to the sector, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office (RFO) 6 conducted an Agricultural Information Caravan and Technology Forum in the island-municipality of Caluya which is located in the northernmost tip of Antique, June 8.

“This is the first time that we conduct an agricultural information caravan in Caluya. DA seeks to help farmers and fisherfolk in increasing their production and income,” Agricultural Program Coordinating Officer for Antique Dominador Marquez also noted that the department is preparing farmers and fisherfolk become competitive for the free trade liberalization.

James Earl E. Ogatis, public relations officer of DA RFO 6, said that the department has been conducting agricultural information caravan since the early 1990s and it aims to bring information on agri technologies closer to the stakeholders to improve farm production, marketing, utilization of postharvest facilities and mechanization. He also cited that agri projects and services are given to registered and active farmers and fisherfolk associations.
Around 150 farmers and fisherfolk from the 18 barangays of Caluya were briefed about the various agri-fishery projects of DA and its attached agencies that they can access through the support of their local government unit.
Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) Regional Manager CharlitoBrilleta said that farmers of Caluya can avail of different insurance services covering palay, corn, high value commercial crops, livestock and farm implements, and accident insurance under the Agricultural Producer Protection Plan.
Since 2013, the DA gives free insurance to farmers and fisherfolk listed in the Registry System of Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA). With no premium to pay, every RSBA-listed farmer can get an insurance covering a maximum three hectares (ha) area of palay, corn or high value crops. Meanwhile, each livestock raiser can also insure up to three heads of swine, carabao, cattle or goat and can obtain an indemnity claim of P15,000 to P20,000 for every mortality. Also, fisherfolk can receive P6,000 payments for their damaged pump boat without engine and P50,000 for pumpboats with marine engine.

Given that the island is the second largest seaweed producing town in the country, Municipal mayor Genevive L. Reyes said that fisherfolk must be given assistance to keep their production sustainable and producers protected in times of natural disasters. The island has produced1,889.12 metric tons (MT) in 2014 and 2,583 MT in 2015. “We have also tallied 576 MT seaweeds production in the first quarter of this year,” she added.
She also promised to subsidize the premium fees for PCIC’s insurance program of farmers and fisherfolk who are not included in the RSBSA.
Brilleta responded that PCIC will craft a proposal for the insurance program of seaweeds planters in Caluya. To protect the seaweed producers during typhoons, each planter can insure up to 500 square meters seaweed farm.

“PCIC, as a government controlled corporation under DA, is tasked to give protection to farmers and fisherfolk in times of natural disasters. As of now, we have already given P70 million indemnity claims to farmers of Iloilo who were affected by El Niño,” Brilleta urged Caluya farmers and fisherfolk to coordinate with their Municipal Agriculturist Shirley T. Jiancillan in their application for insurance.

Furthermore, AileenNecor of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) VI enumerated several projects which can be accessed by the fisherfolk and fish vendors of the island. These include the establishment of community fish landing centers, BoatR and FishR programs, joint mobile registration and licensing, and protection of marine areas against illegal fishing as mandated in the Republic Act 10654.
Necor also added that BFAR will turnover patrol boat units this June to the local government unit of Caluya to strengthen the town’s drive versus illegal fishing activities.

Banner program representatives from DA RFO VI and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist- Antique also equipped the farmer and fisherfolk-participants about the agricultural projects and services from DA such as technology trainings, production input subsidies, establishment of irrigation facilities, marketing, and use of farm machineries and postharvest facilities which they can avail.
Farmers were also urged to adopt Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) which aims to support food safety, production of quality products, environmental sustainability and workers’ health safety and welfare.
To ascertain the needs of the locality, farmers and fisherfolk were asked to raise questions and their concerns. Majority of them signified their need to access DA’s insurance services, conduct of production trainings, and establishment of small irrigation facilities—for the lack of adequate water supply is their main problem in crop production.

James Earl E. Ogatis (right) of DA 6 Information 6 gives various copies of crop and animal production guides to Caluya municipal agriculturist Shirley T. Jiancillan.
DA RFO VI distributed assorted vegetable seeds, OPV corn seeds, cashew and guyabano planting materials, certified palay seeds, and production guides and manuals of various agricultural crops, livestock and poultry to the farmer-participants. #(SMHToreno)