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Vol. XXVI No. 10A monthly publication of the Department of Agriculture

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Vol. XXVI No. 10

A monthly publication of the Department of Agriculture

October 2011

DA allots P1B for typhoon-affected Luzon farmers, fishers, LGUsThe Department of Agriculture has allotted an initial P1-billion worth of assistance to help Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley farmers, fisherfolk and local government units (LGUs) recover from crop and fishery losses due to typhoons Pedring and Quiel. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala made the commitment during his threeday (October 19-21) visit to eight provinces in the two regions, particularly Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga and Bulacan. Of the total, P447 million (M) is alloted for subsidized rice and corn seeds, other farm inputs and equipment for the two regions, with Central Luzon getting P331M, and Cagayan Valley, P116M. The DA through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will pay a total of P334M in indemnity to farmers and fishers who insured their rice and corn crops, and fish stocks.(Pls turn to p12)

Secretary Procy Alcala (inset, 2nd from right) inspects storm-damaged palay from flooded ricefields (background) in Bgy. Calizon, Calumpit, Bulacan. With him are Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino SyAlvarado (left), NIAAdministrator Antonio Nangel (middle), and Calumpit farmers and local officials.

Farmers to produce own inbreds via P192-M seed banksThe Department of Agriculture will implement a P192-million (M) community seed bank (CSB) and seed production program to enable farmers produce their requirement of certified seeds or inbreds every cropping season. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the program, which forms part of the national food staples sufficiency program, will empower organized farmers groups and cooperatives, including Irrigators Associations (IAs), to produce their own certified or inbred rice seeds out of the registered rice seeds that will be distributed to them for free. He said of the total program fund, P42M is allotted this year for the procurement and distribution of registered rice seeds, and the P150M is programmed next year for the establishment of CSBs in strategic rice production areas nationwide. Of the P150M, P100M will be used to repair and refurbish existing storage facilities and ware(Pls turn to p2)

DA-BFAR launches P238-M mangrove, aquasilvi programThe Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DABFAR) has launched a P237.5million program to develop new mangrove areas, establish aquasilvi or mangrove fish farms, and put up multi-species hatcheries in coastal communities. The program was launched on behalf of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala by BFAR Di(Pls turn to p10)

Ms. Lea Salonga at World Food Day. Secretary Procy Alcala

(right) gestures to Lea Salonga as they partake of saba and other major staples, during the World Food Day celebration, October 14, 2011, at Quezon City Circle, where she was the events main guest. Ms. Salonga was named last year as one of the four Ambassadors of Goodwill of the United Nations Food Agriculture Organization (UNFAO). Joining them (from left) are: Dr. Jacqueline Badcock, UN resident coordinator and UN Development Program resident representative; Stephen Anderson, UN World Food Program country director and representative; and Kazuyuki Tsurumi (partly hidden), UN-FAO representative in the Philippines.

EditoryalBabae: Katuwang sa pagsulong ng agrikulturaIba na ang babae ngayon. Kung dati-ratiy sa bahay lang sila busy, hawak ang walis, mga gamit panluto at pang-sulsi o nag-aalaga kay bunso, ngayon kaya na nilang makipagsabayan sa mga brusko at matipunong kalalakihan sa kahit na ano pa mang larangan. Sa pagbabago ng panahon, nabago na rin ang pagtingin ng lipunan sa mga babae lalo pa ngat mas malaki at mabigat na ang kanilang ginagampanang tungkulin tungo sa kaunlaran ng sambayanan. Di ba ngat minsan ay pinag-usapan pa kung pwedeng nga bang magdrive ng pampasaherong bus ang mga babae? Malaking porsyento ng mga magsasaka ngayon ay babae--na kaisa ng pamahalaan sa mithiing payabungin ang kabuhayan sa mga kanayunan sa pamamagitan ng pagsasaka, pangingisda, agribusiness at processing at ilan pang gawaingagrikultural. Di na supporting role ang mga Eba. Kung tutuusin bidang-bida na sila dahil sa angking sipag at pambihirang kakayanan. Nitong buwan ng Oktubre, limang katangitanging babae ang kinilala at pinarangalan kasabay ng pagdiriwang ng Rural Womens Day. Nangunguna dito ang Bikolanang si Myrna Conmingo-Acayen na nagtagumpay sa pagsasaka ng palay at pagtatanim ng sari-saring gulay gamit ang sistema ng natural na pagsasaka. Bagamat hindi nakatapos sa pag-aaral, nagsumikap si Acayen upang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng kaniyang pamilya sa pamamagitan ng pagsasaka. Marahil ang kanyang tyaga, sipag, sakripisyo at ang pagnanais na maibahagi ang kanyang kaalaman sa mga kanayon ang naging susi upang hirangin siyang katangitanging babae sa kanilang pamayanan. Bilang isang babaeng lider, itinaguyod niya di lamang ang kanyang sarili kundi maging ang buhay ng iba pa nyang kababaryo na umaasa sa mayayamang lupain ng Bicol. Kasama ni Acayen, pinarangalan din sina Remia Apostol (South Cotabato), Rebecca Tubongbanua (Iloilo), Marina Inapan (SIquijor), at Virginia Dureza (Palawan) dahil sa kanilang natatanging kontribusyon sa lokal na sektor ng pagsasaka at pangingisda. Di na nga matatawaran ang galing ng mga babaesa loob at labas man ng tahanan, pinatunayan nilang may ibubuga sila. Kaya naman, nararapat na bigyang pagkilala ang mga kababaihan ng makabagong panahon at bigyan ng patas na karapatan dahil paulit-ulit nilang pinatunayan na anumang gawain ay kaya nilang tapusin.(Editors note: Ang Rural Womens Day ay ipinagdiriwang tuwing ika-15 ng Oktubre bilang pagkilala sa mahalagang kontribusyon ng mga kababaihan tungo sa pagkamit ng pandaigdigang kaseguruhan sa pagkain.)

Secretary Procy Alcala seals with a handshake the DAs partnership with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), represented by Board Member and CDA administrator from Mindanao Pendatun Disimban, who visited the DA in October.

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(from p1)istered seeds. With the rice seed propagation scheme, Delima said the DA aims to train and empower farmers groups and IAs to produce quality seeds for their use and sale to other farmers. Further, the strategy is a better and cheaper way than providing rice subsidy every cropping season, Delima said. He said the DA has started distributing at least 20 kilograms (kg) of registered seeds to qualified organized farmers associations, IAs, upland farmers organizations, and interested peoples organizations, and NGOs. They were selected by the respective DA-Regional Field Units in coordination with the host local government units. To qualify under the seed propagation project, farmers groups should commit a seed production area of at least onehalf hectare or 5,000 square meters for lowland irrigated area,(Pls turn to p11)

houses and storage facilities which will also be used as CSBs. Secretary Alcala announced the rice seed propagation project and establishment of CSBs during his recent regional field visits, including the three-day (Oct 19-21) trip to eight provinces in Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon. The rice seed propagation project and establishment of CSB is part of the DA national rice program, headed by Director Dante Delima. He said the DA is currently distributing for free two kilos of registered rice seeds per hectare to qualified and participating farmers groups, cooperatives and IAs in major rice producing regions nationwide. The two kilos of registered seeds are expected to produce six 40-kilo bags of certified seeds, which farmers could use for at least four cropping seasons, Delima said. Thereafter, the DA will provide them another fresh batch of reg

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DA undertakes QTA, ratooning to increase 2012 1Q palay harvestThe Department of Agriculture will undertake a quick turnaround (QTA) program and ratooning starting November to produce more palay (paddy rice) during the first quarter of 2012, and offset losses wrought by recent typhoons. Secretary Proceso J. Alcala has instructed the DA regional field units and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to facilitate rice planting in as many areas as possible until next years main cropping season under the QTA program. For his part, National Irrigation Administrator Antonio Nangel said a minimum of 50,000 hectares in Luzon, served by the Pantabangan and Magat dam irrigation systems, are ready to implement the QTA program from November this year to February next year. Further, for Visayas and Mindanao, national rice program coordinator Dante Delima said an initial 100,000 hectares of rain-fed farms are targeted for ratooning, where an average yield of 25 cavans per hectare is expected. Ratooning is a technology where remaining stubble or rice stalks are allowed to re-generate tillers and grains, with the application of fertilizers (one bag of urea or