Farmers to Benefit of New Loan Program

New loan window for farmers is expected to alleviate poverty in Siquijor. This , during the recent information campaign on the Agriculture and Fisheries Financing Program (AFFP) of the Agriculture Credit Policy Council (ACPC) in the municipality of Maria.

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DA Turned Over PHP116.4M Worth of Assistance

Department of Agriculture's Undersecretary for Operations Emerson Palad and Cebu 4th District Representative Benhur Salimbangon turned over some of the assistance included in the PHP116.4M Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) program to the 16 affected Cebu municipalities last Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the municipality of San Remigio.

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International Exhibit escalates Region 7 agribusiness

sialRegion 7 escalates agribusiness opportunities in the recent 50th Southeast Asian Food Market Place (SIAL) at the World Trade Center in Manila. According to Gerry Avila, Agriculture Marketing and Agribusiness Division (AMAD) Chief of the Department of Agriculture (DA RFO 7), the event showcase priority investment areas of the region.

Among the priority commodities of Central Visayas are mango, coffee, cacao, highland and organic vegetable and cassava production. For the livestock and poultry sectors, priority investment areas include swine breeding and fattening; poultry, dairy milk, and goat meat production; the establishment of ‘triple A’ slaughterhouses; cold storage for fruits; meat, coffee and marine-aquaculture processing.

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Not everyone who learns implements.

siquijor1This is true to those who attended the seminars of the Department of Agriculture (DA RFO 7) and the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) of Siquijor.

Crisanto Patay, 59 years old, of San Juan, Siquijor, was one of the participants of the training on organic agriculture about a decade ago. Implementing and continuing his learnings is another thing for Crisanto. In fact he was only one of the few who truly advocated and practiced organic agriculture after the seminar.

His investment started only with 15 African Nightcrawlers which was granted to every participant during the training. Initial harvest of vermicast reached 40 sacks, the returns of which he used to build a storeroom or ‘bodega’.

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Solar –Powered Water Pump Benefits Farmers in Siquijor

solarPower outage, energy and water shortage have caused so much disturbance not only to the business world but also to the agricultural economy.

Summer in the province of Siquijor, was not only hot but it dried up most farms. Mercy Quiling of Sitio Agong, Larena, who had been planting vegetables in their backyard, said the recent summer heat caused her plants to wither. She said further that water sources have also dried up making water an expensive commodity at the moment. Quiling added that the dry and hot summer affected even the backyard gardens of the said sitio.

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Organic Agriculture Training in Bohol

organic livestockRecent training on organic agriculture entices some 50 participants to implement their learning.

According to Wilberto Castillo, alternate focal person on Organic Agriculture (OA) of the Department of Agriculture (DA RFO 7), the subjects they learned were eye-openers to the participants who had been practicing inorganic farming.

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Learning and Earning Site Entices Maribojoc Folks to Engage in Farming


engageIn the past, majority of the populace in the Municipality of Maribojoc in Bohol is left without a choice except to be employedin the urban area for a living.

The rocky terrain of the municipality makes it unsuitable for agriculture. Engaging in agriculture was simply impossible, says ReylanJabonillo, Center Director of the BinhiSaPanginabuhian Farm and Training Center.

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WHEN FARMERS GO INTO BUSINESS

What happens when farmers go into business?

Decades ago, farmers in the Philippines plant or raise livestock only for household consumption. A lot of them practice barter trade, “ I need your crops I’ll exchange it of what you don’t have.” The practice leaves the farmers an unsharpened acumen for business and farming brings such despondency to the next generation.

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PRDP-aims to increase farmers income

prdp2The lifestyle of an ordinary farmer maybe changed with the upcoming projects of the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) in Central Visayas.

According to Deputy Program Director Arnel de Mesa in a recent First InfoAce Coordination Meeting, in Manila, PRDP aims to increase farmers’ income by 5% across the regions by generating enterprise in its projects. He said that for Region 7, Danajon Bank in Bohol, has been earmarked for around $7M for development assistance.

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RED Enriquez Exhorts Staff to Heed Secretary’s Call

RED Enriquez Exhorts Staff to Heed Secretary’s Call

“Focus our minds, deliver the results”.

This was the call of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala in a message read for him by Undersecretary Antonio Fleta at the recent DA internal budget hearing in Palawan.

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