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DA, Negros Occidental share P200M for irrigation, other agri projects PDF Print E-mail
Written by DA-AFIS   
Monday, 15 August 2011 00:09

The Department of Agriculture and the Province of Negros Occidental will jointly implement P166-million worth of irrigation projects next year that will irrigate an additional area of 2,675 hectares, benefiting 2,920 farm families.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said of the total amount, the DA through the National Irrigation Administration will share P90M, while Negros Occidental will counterpart P76M.

The DA will also provide the province P36.65-M worth of various agricultural projects, equipment and farm inputs.

He commended Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. and the members of the provincial board for allotting P76M from its 2012 budget for the repair and rehabilitation of 41 existing irrigation systems in six districts.

Sec. Alcala, who visited  Negros island over the weekend, said he enjoins other progressive provinces to similarly allot funds to counterpart with the DA so they could combine limited financial resources and implement more agricultural and fishery projects.

The P90-M counterpart for irrigation projects forms part of the P126.65-million worth of various agricultural projects, farm equipment and inputs the DA will provide as counterpart to the provincial government of Negros Occidental.

The balance of P36.65M include the following: a rice processing center (P18M), four combine harvesters (P8M), four transplanters (P2M), four flatbed dryers (P2M), one 4-wheel tractor (P1M),  seven hand tractors (P1M), four multipurpose drying pavements or solar dryers (P1M), one hauler truck (P1M), a high value crops development project and coffee seedlings (P1.6M), a production support and irrigation project for the 3r ddistrict (P1M), and corn seeds (P50,000). 

 

 
Phl Attains All-time High 1st Semester Palay, Corn Harvests PDF Print E-mail
Written by DA-AFIS   
Friday, 12 August 2011 01:31

The Philippines has achieved record-breaking harvests of palay (unmilled rice) and corn for the first six months of 2011.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said palay production for the first semester of 2011 topped 7.577 million metric tons (MT), which is 14.4 percent (%) more than last year’s volume of 6.621 million MT for the same six-month period.

First semester corn harvest is also the highest in the country’s history, at 3.309 million MT, which is 37% more than last year’s output of 2.415 million MT.

Secretary Alcala said the record 1st semester rice and corn harvests were mainly due to the expansion of harvested area and increase in average yield per hectare.

The previous highest 1st semester harvests of rice were recorded in 2009 (7.376 million MT) and in 2008 (7.121 million MT), and for corn, in 2008 (3.293 million MT) and in 2009 (3.218 million MT).

The total harvested rice area for the 1st semester of 2011, increased to 1.993 million hectares, 9.6% more than in 2010, at 1.819 million hectares. The expansion is due to the increase in irrigated area primarily through the rehabilitation and repair of irrigation facilities. This was complemented by more rice planted in non-irrigated areas, which received sufficient rainwater from relatively favorable weather during the first six months of 2011.

Significant increases in harvested area were particularly noted in Western Visayas and Cagayan Valley.

The average palay yield per hectare for the first half also improved to 3.8 tons (or 76 cavans of 50 kilos each). This is roughly three cavans more than last year’s average yield of 3.64 tons per hectare.

The increase in productivity was a result of good weather, increased use of high quality seeds, encouraging palay prices, and production and marketing support to farmers provided by the Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with local government units and the private sector.

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P20M for rainfed program to raise food production in one million hectares of poorest farms PDF Print E-mail
Written by DA-BAR   
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 00:33

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is releasing an initial  P20 million in the third quarter for a national rainfed program aimed at raising food production in more than one million hectares of land tended by the country’s poorest farmers.

DA has partnered with India-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to carry out the Philippine Rainfed Agriculture Research and Development and Extension Program (PhiRARDEP). 

DA will work on PhilRARDEP through its staff bureaus, Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), together with its Regional Field Units (RFU)- Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Centers (RIARCS), Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Centers (ATI-RTC) as well as selected State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

“(DA) Secretary (Proceso) Alcala will release P20 million this August for our rainfed program.  We will be implementing programs that we have learned based on how the government of India put its money for what is important,” said ICRISAT Director General William D. Dar.

Coordinating agency for the PhiRARDEP will be BAR.

PhiRARDEP’s components are rainfed farming innovation; community-based watershed management and soil conservation; policy formation; and capacity building.  We will train technicians who will help marginal farmers in raising their income,” said BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar.

While the Philippine government has in the past poured majority of its funding and policy support for irrigated agriculture, rainfed areas have been neglected despite its huge contribution to food production.

“Almost half of our food supply comes from rainfed areas.  If it’s developed, maybe this can rise to 60 to 70 percent,” said ICRISAT Communications Director Rex Navarro.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2011 00:34
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Cagayan Valley set to post record rice, corn harvests in 2011 1st sem PDF Print E-mail
Written by DA-AFIS   
Thursday, 09 June 2011 02:48

Fueled by sustained government interventions like expansion of irrigated areas and use of quality seeds, and good weather, Cagayan Valley (Region 2) is expected to produce record harvests of palay (unmilled rice) and corn for the first semester of the year.

In a report to Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala,  DA Region 2 Director Lucrecio Alviar, Jr. said total regional harvest of palay and corn is estimated to reach 1.223 million metric tons (MT), and 852,239 MT, respectively, for the six months of the year.

These estimates will be the highest to date versus other first semester regional rice and corn outputs, Alviar reported during the visit of Sec. Alcala to Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya, May 18-19, 2011.

Sec. Alcala said Cagayan Valley ’s record rice and corn harvests buttresses government’s goal to attain self-sufficiency in rice by end of 2013.

He commended the DA family’s sustained efforts in partnerships with Cagayan Valley farmers’ groups, local government officials and other industry stakeholders, during an Irrigators’ Association (IA) congress in Cauayan City, Isabela, attended by 2,000 officers and members of 363 IAs served by the Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS), one of the major irrigation systems supervised by the DA-National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

MARIIS irrigates more than 80,000 hectares and benefits more than 64,000 farmers in Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces.

Sec. Alcala said “as irrigation is the lifeblood of agriculture, we will continue to allot and seek more resources to vigorously pursue the repair and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems, and construction of big systems and small water impounding projects (SWIPs)—all to attain self-sufficiency in rice by end of 2013.” 

 

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