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DA 6 urges brown rice consumption in WV

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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. #

 

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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.

Upland villagers in Alimodian get KOICA small scale projects

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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)