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DA-10, CMU launch hybrid rice derby and techno demo to enhance rice productivity amid COVID-19

May 28, 2020

MUSUAN, MARAMAG, BUKIDNON, May 26 – The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) in partnership with Central Mindanao University (CMU) and nine seed companies launched the 50 hectares hybrid rice derby and technology demonstration in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon to boost rice productivity to attain rice sufficiency. DA-10 OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado and CMU President Jose Antonio G. Derije led the event in support to DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program or Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) kontra sa COVID-19 program. President Derije acknowledges the strengthened partnership between CMU and DA in the agri development of the university. “The hybrid rice derby and techno demo aims to increase national agri-fishery output through intensified use of quality seeds, appropriate inputs, modern technologies to increase levels of productivity across all commodities to ensure food productivity, availability, accessibility and affordability amidst the threat of COVID-19 pandemic,” said RED Collado. He further explained, through DA’s Rice Resiliency Project (RRP), a quick response measure that addresses food security concerns amid the pandemic, focuses to intensify campaign for the adoption of hybrid rice technology among local farmers, which intends to produce more rice to increase the national sufficiency level from 87 percent to 93 percent. Region 10 targeted for 94 percent sufficiency level, a 12 percent increase from its preceding year target with various mitigating programs implemented to boost rice production. RED Collado further shared, the project pursues to convince farmers to plant hybrid rice by showcasing the best farming technologies and practices through the collective efforts of DA, CMU, PLGU and the private sector. Through the best farming practices, farmers can feasibly adopt to increase their efficiency and productivity. The techno demo will demonstrate the effect of various planting approaches which include mechanical, manual and direct seeding to yield using top hybrid rice varieties provided by participating companies. The techno demo will cover 45 hectares, giving each seed company five hectares, to be planted with their most leading varieties, using their own cultural practices protocol. The remaining five hectares will be utilized for the one common protocol for all cultural practices which will be adopted to all entry varieties. Machineries and equipment will be provided by DA-10, while seed companies will provide the seeds, fertilizers and labor in each farming activities, including technical assistance. The preparation of the techno the demo area will be handled by CMU.# (ATCabig)

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Aggie dept lauds food security frontliners, launches Kadiwa online market

May 28, 2020

Cagayan de Oro City, May 26 – Anchored on the theme, “Pagpupugay sa Magsasaka at Mangingisda Natin, Tungo sa Sapat na Pagkain”, the agriculture department in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) joined the simultaneous nationwide celebration of the Farmers and Fisherfolk Month, during the kickoff of its weeklong conduct of Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita until this Friday at the agency grounds. For almost three months operation, the direct marketing scheme under DA has assisted 38 exhibitors, comprising of farmer-associations, individual farmers, merchandisers and partner government agencies and served an estimated 26,718 households in the region. Over the period, the Kadiwa has been held in 52 sites, generating sales amounting to about Php7 million. “We are happy to note that our Kadiwa has served a two-pronged goal of providing fresh, safe, nutritious and affordable products to our consumers at the same time help producers and growers directly link their products to the market,“ Carlota S. Madriaga, Regional Technical Director for Operations of DA-10, in a recognition program dedicated for food security frontliners. This employed marketing approach has eliminated middlemen, which pads the costs of agri-fishery products being bought by consumers, the assistant executive added. Kadiwa, now institutionalized within CdeO City, will be heading out to the different barangays for the week, including Macabalan, Gusa, Macasandig, Kauswagan, Indahag, Patag, Agusan and Iponan. Highlight of the activity include the signing of Memorandum of Agreement between DA-10 and the Department of Agriculture Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DAMPC) for the Kadiwa online market, another marketing platform which paves much ease and convenience of bringing agri-fishery products right at the doorsteps of consumers. “We have partnered with DA-10 through its suppliers. Basically, we will deliver the orders of our consumers either thru call or Facebook, especially for those who cannot possibly go out of their homes to market,” Larry E. Paraluman, DAMPC chair explained. Likewise, a minimal delivery fee will be charged to cover reasonable costs for transportation of the goods, the DAMPC chair detailed, adding that food packages can be delivered on the same day orders are placed while bulk orders can take up about two to three days to be delivered. Citing such development, RTD Madriaga also recognized that this has been the result of the overwhelming response ranging from the consumers, the local governments across Region 10, especially the farmers and fisherfolk. “We would like to thank our suppliers, who have been with us in our Kadiwa from its inception until now. In the process, consumers have reaped benefits in availing agri-fishery products at farmgate prices while farmer- and fisher-producers can sell directly to their consumers, even some of whom have initially thought will be difficult to do amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the DA-10 official remarked. On top of the agency’s assistance in terms of marketing endeavors via Kadiwa, she also assured the department’s continuous support to them, especially amid the ongoing health crisis such as the distribution of assorted vegetable and corn seeds under the Plant, Plant, Plant program, dispersal of livestock and poultry, provision of rice and fertilizers under the Rice Resiliency Project, farm machineries and equipment, among others. 

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DA-NorMin’s P6.2-M agri-interventions to boost farm productivity

May 25, 2020

DALWANGAN, MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON, May 21- The Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) turned over P6.2 million agricultural interventions to farmer-organizations and a local government unit in Bukidnon. Under the DA-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) machineries and equipment worth P5.9 million aims to help improve productivity and reduce poverty among the marginalized sectors in agriculture. The local government of Talakag, Bukidnon received three units 35-horsepower mini four-wheel drive farm tractors with implements and two units corn mechanical sheller amounting P3.2 million. The Upper Patag Growers and Farmers Associations, Inc. of Lantapan, Bukidnon received one unit rice combine harvester, one unit 35-horsepower four-wheel drive farm tractors with implements which include rotavator and trailer amounting P2.6 million. “The need to increase the level of farm mechanization, to produce more food efficiency and quality will be beneficial both for farmers and consumers,” said Carlene C. Collado, OIC-Regional Executive Director of DA-10. RED Collado explained, farm machinery will boost farming activities and ensure high production and reduce postharvest losses. DA-Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (DA-PhilMech) reported that postharvest losses for corn accounts to 7.18 percent and 16.47 percent for rice, from harvesting, piling, hauling, shelling, drying and storage. He has been emphasizing the need for farmers to adopt the different agri-machinery and equipment innovations to increase the country’s mechanization rate from 2.31 horsepower per hectare to 4 hp per hectare. “Dako ug ikatabang ang mga makinarya kay ang wala na develop nga yuta tungod kay kulang sa galamiton maka expand na. Dako pasalamat namo sa Ginoo nga natabangan mi sa DA,” said Reynaldo Berdi, President of Dominorog Small Farmers Association of Dominorog, Talakag, Bukidnon. [The machinery would be a big help in developing and expanding our farm. We’re thankful to God with DA's assistance.] DA-SAAD is a locally-funded program of the agency that addresses poverty alleviation among the marginalized sectors in agri-fishery. Through this program, provinces with high poverty incidence rate have been given assistance in agri-fisheries since 2017. Included in the turnover of agri-interventions were six units, 500-egg capacity automatic egg incubators amounting P306,372 under the Livestock Program of the agency. The project intends to provide livelihood enterprise to qualified recipients who may engage in balut business, selling of days-old-chicks and production of live chicken or poultry meat. The incubator comes with a module of 10 male and 100 female chicken or ducks as start-up agribusiness kit. Six association-beneficiaries in Bukidnon received one unit each which comprised, the QUARBA Farmers Cooperative and Ambong Womens Organization of Impasug-ong; Dologon Fisherfolk Livelihood Association of Maramag; Bethany Christian Home for Children of Talakag; Kalilangan Cassava Farmers Association of Kalilangan and J.A Agro Employees Farmers Beneficiary Association of Quezon.# (ATCabig)

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624 ‘bakwits’ in Bukidnon return home

May 23, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon -- After three days of staying away from their homes, families from San Roque and Santa Rita sub-villages in barangay Sinanglanan, Malaybalay City who had evacuated for fear of their lives rode back home safely on Tuesday afternoon.     The evacuees, also known as “bakwits (internally displaced persons),” headed back to their homes with assurance from barangay council, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippine National Police for their safety.     On May 18 at 6:00 p.m, some of the Bakwits started heading home, while others opted to return the next day as Sinanglanan village chief Nilo Aldeguer offered his vehicles and facilitated the transport of his constituents.     In an interview, “Manang Ina” one of the evacuees said they left their homes after a band of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels awoke them Saturday night asking for cash and food.     “For fear of the NPA’s presence who sow terror and panic in our communities, we sought refuge here in nearby Sitio Malapgap on May 16,” she said.     Barangay chairman Nilo Aldeguer reported that the Bakwits, comprising 163 families of 624 individuals, including children, temporarily stayed inside Malapgap school classrooms to provide them more space in fear of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission.     “As soon as the authorities received the information, Malaybalay local government unit and other peace and development partners promptly provided relief operations, feeding program, and medical mission to ensure proper health condition of the evacuees. The Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army immediately secured the area and provided other assistance to ease the evacuees’ burden,” Aldeguer added.     An evacuee even shared “Gusto namo nga mobalik sa among panimalay kay tua didto ang among panginabuhi-an. Tungod aning teroristang NPA, naguba among malinawon nga panginabuhi. (We want to return to our respective villages because it is there that we earn enough to live on—our livelihood. Unluckily, these terrorist-NPAs had ruined our peaceful living).”     Likewise, the village chief said “Mapasalamaton ko nga makapa-uli na sila sa ilang panimalay. Nagpasalamat sab ko sa lokal nga gobyerno ug mga kasundalohan sa pagtabang kanamo aron masulbad kini nga problema. (I’m so happy that they [evacuees] can now return to their homes. I thanked the local government and the Army for helping us resolve these woes).     Lt. Col. Edgardo V. Talaroc Jr, 8th Infantry Battalion commander, meanwhile, condemned the NPA’s terroristic acts.     “I condemned these acts of the NPAs. They disrupted the peaceful living of our brothers and sisters. This unit will continue to facilitate their needs and ensure their safety,” he said. (8IB PA/PIA Bukidnon)

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DA-10 ensures livelihood, food security in response to COVID-19

May 23, 2020

DALWANGAN, MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – In a bid to address food security during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) has turned over native swine piglets, Itik Pinas and mushroom fruiting bags to some farmer-associations and rural improvement clubs (RIC) in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. Three associations each received 12 heads of native swine piglets with a total amount of P19,602.00. Beneficiaries include, Miarayon Farmers Association of Talakag, Bukidnon, Del Monte Foundation, Inc. of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and San Isidro Farmers Association of Medina, Misamis Oriental. “Dako ni ug ikatabang sa panginabuhian labi na kanamo, mga kababainhan. Daghan pa ang matabangan kung manganak ni pohon,” said Zaida D. Bueanbisto, RIC president of Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon. [This would be a great help especially to us, women. In time, when they bear offspring, more women can benefit of it.] Meanwhile, the Tigkalaan RIC of Talakag, Bukidnon received 75 heads of Itik Pinas amounting to P7,500.00. OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado of DA-10 said, “The intervention provides livelihood and food security for said beneficiaries.” Native Swine piglets and Itik Pinas are the production of DA-10’s research station, the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City “Said intervention is one of the main sources of cash income in rural areas and provides financial safety umbrella, especially on the onset of COVID-19 pandemic,” RED Collado added. He further said, “aside from that, native swine production promotes self-sufficiency and provides greater food security and increases income.” Meanwhile, farmer-associations in Don Carlos and Dalwangan, Malaybalay City in Bukidnon and one RIC of Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon, each received 100 pieces oyster mushroom fruiting bags with a total cost of P10,500.00. Mushroom fruiting bags which costs P35.00 each could lasts for three months of continuous food supply for every household. Each bag has an estimated production of 200 grams within the said period, which provide guaranteed food. DA-10’s mushroom production target of 20,000 fruiting bags is an immediate COVID-19 response from its three research stations, Research Center for Upland Development in Dangcagan, Bukidnon and Research Center for Hillyland Development in Claveria, Misamis Oriental and NMACLRC in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Carmelito Lapoot, the officer-in-charge of DA’s Research Division shared, “providing immediate food assistance is one of our efforts in improving lives. We have to increase production effectively and efficiently.”#(ATCabig)

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Contact tracing team wala pay nakita nga ARI cases sa Macanhan, Carmen

May 22, 2020

WALAY pay nakitang nag-manifest og acute respiratory illness (ARI) sa Macanhan, Brgy Carmen sa gipahigayong expanded contact tracing sa mga health personnel sa pagpangulo ni Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya, city epidemiologist. Gipasabot ni Dr. Retuya nga bisan pa man og midawat sa Social Amelioration Program ang babayeng 62 anyos nga COVID-19 confirmed case sa maong dapit apan milapas na kini nga panahon alang sa incubation period sa virus ug wala pa sila’y nakitang adunay mild acute respiratory illness (ARI) sa mga residente nga duol sa panimalay sa pasyente o nakauban niini sa paglinya sa SAP. Dugang pa ni Retuya bisan pa man og wala pa makitai og ARI ang mga molupyo sa maong dapit, apan gitutokan usab sa Barangay Health Workers (BHW) kauban ang Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) ang ‘focused contained area’ ug kung adunay makitaan og symptoms ipailawom gilayon sa swab testing. Gani man, gibutyag ni Dr. Retuya nga ikaduhang hugna na ang house-to-house surveillance sa maong dapit aron pagsiguro nga mapugngan ang pagkaylap sa virus. Samtang anaa na usab sa City Isolation Unit (CIU) ang bana ug anak sa COVID-19 confirmed case ug hugot nga monitoring ug assessment ang gihimo sa mga nagdumala sa CIU.

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