Created on Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Department of Agriculture (DA) lauds Bayawan City of Negros Oriental province as one of the top rice achievers in the country.

Bayawan City received a check of P1 million and a trophy during the national awarding of the 2014 Agri Pinoy Rice Achiever’s Awards (APRAA) held at Resorts World Manila last March 26, 2015.

APRAA is an annual activity of the DA as an incentive and recognition to the Local Government Units (LGUs), Irrigator Associations (IAs), Small Water Impounding System Associations (SWISAs) and Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) who have contributed in increasing farmer’s yield and income and attain rice sufficiency.

Bayawan is an agricultural city with 47,000 hectares agricultural area. Of these, 4,000 hectares are rice land, with 1,500 hectares irrigated paddies and 2,500 hectares rain fed. Total rice production for 2014 is 11,388.36 metric tons with a harvested area of 3,483.45 hectares.

Bayawan City Mayor Ismael Martinez, in an interview with DA7-RAFIS staff, expressed their full support to attain rice sufficiency. For 2015, Martinez said, Bayawan allocated P29 million budget for agricultural programs. These include the selection of good quality rice varieties, farm to market roads, subsidy for fertilizers and seeds, free insurance, and seed buffering. They also have barangay agricultural technicians in the 28 barangays.

“We vision of becoming a self-reliant community with a sustainable and diversified agricultural economy,” Martinez said.

Cornelio Muralla, City Agriculturist of Bayawan, cited responsible consumption of rice and the support of LGU as the main reasons of their success.

Other awardees from region 7 are Outstanding Rice Technicians/Agriculture Extension Workers; Edgar Tenefrancia Jr., Marjoe Rey Labonite, Lorebien Lagapa, Joseph Dela Cerna, Eustanito Timogan, Anecita Ybañez and Engr. Jane Noculan and Outstanding Local Farmer Technicians Juan Muring and Parolito Sayre. They will be awarded this April 8, 2015 in a hotel in Cebu City. (RAFIS/FLOR)

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