Region’s first Organic Chamber faces challenges ahead

The Regional Organic Agriculture Chamber (ROAC) faces great challenges ahead.

This was revealed by Director Angel Enriquez, Regional Executive Director of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional field Office 7 , during the first Regional Organic Agriculture Chamber assembly recently held at a hotel in Mandaue City, Cebu. Director Enriquez , encouraged the group to finalize the roadmap on organic agriculture to guide the OA stakeholders in preparation of future challenges.



The Department of Agriculture Region 7 (DA RFO-7) encourages people to adopt organic gardening in their backyards to help mitigate the effects of climate change and to uplift their economic status.


Seminar on Feed and Veterinary Drugs Regulations

The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) recently held an orientation seminar for feed millers and manufacturers at an uptown hotel in Cebu City.



DA Secretary Proceso Alcala recently (July 25) turned over projects worth P 105,427,689, covering among others P38,811.468 first tranche release of farm-to-market roads for 11 Cebu municipalities; P388,920 for second tranche release to the municipality of San Remigio and P1,021,548 for third tranche release for San Fernando and Talisay City under the Grassroots Participatory (BUB) Program of government implemented by the Department of Agriculture.


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.


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.


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.


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’.


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.


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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