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DA grants P4-M project for Mangyan, Mindoro farm youth PDF Print E-mail
Written by DA-AFIS   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 07:04

Touched by the transformation of children of indigenous Mangyans and out-of-school youth (OSY) in Oriental Mindoro who are now profitably engaged in agriculture, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala recently approved a P4.27-million project for the conduct of a sustainable agriculture training program for other batches. 

The training — aptly called “Mangyoung Entrepinoys Organic Farming sa Mindoro” — is spearheaded by the Salesian Sisters of St. Bosco, who since 2002 have been operating theMary Help of Christians School (Mindoro), Inc., in Barangay Parang, Calapan City. 

School directress Sister Phebe G. Lacse said the fund will be used to continue bankrolling their training program in organic farming and sustainable agriculture technologies, where they have trained an average of 50 to 60 students per year since the school began in 2002. 

Sister Lacse said the one-year training per batch is an integrated formal and informal agricultural education program. Aside from hands-on farming chores — growing rice, vegetables, cassava and fruit trees — the students likewise learn entrepreneurial skills. They also undergo on-the-job training in private and DA techno-demonstration farms.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 June 2011 02:56
PhilRice, IRRI to improve release of varieties PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 01:38

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) are ensuring the good field performance of irrigated lowland varieties across the country through multi-environment trials (MET) at PhilRice stations in Nueva Ecija, Isabela, and Agusan.

MET, a function of the International Network for Genetic Evaluation of Rice (INGER), is being conducted to validate the adaptability and quality of rice lines before they advance to the National Cooperative Testing (NCT).

Recently, PhilRice and IRRI researchers assessed about 900 varietal lines in terms of on-site pest resistance and phenotypic acceptability such as good standing crop and filled grains. About 50 researchers from PhilRice and IRRI evaluated the rice lines being tested at PhilRice stations across the country.

Dr. Edilberto D. Redoña, IRRI scientist and project leader of INGER – the 36-year-old network of the world’s rice varietal improvement programs, said MET ensures wide adaptation of irrigated lowland rice varieties developed by PhilRice and IRRI as the genetic traits of rice lines are tested in more environments.

“Traditionally, elite lines are evaluated in one location only. When we assess varieties in just one location, the performance of the variety could not be fairly generalized. We know that some released varieties may be good at one location but perform poorly in other sites. MET will try to bridge this gap in testing rice lines,” Redoña said.

The first monitoring and assessment tour at PhilRice station in Nueva Ecija screened 900 lines from which 20-30 percent or about 300 lines will again be tested in other locations across the country.

“The screening of the varieties involves an inverted pyramid scheme. From many varietal lines, only about 10 varieties will be recommended to NCT,” Redoña said.

The 900 lines include both inbred and hybrid lines, in which 200 of the lines were PhilRice-bred. 

“Through MET, we may increase the yields of irrigated lowland varieties, which have reached plateau or are stagnating since 1980s,” Redoña said.

DA-PhilRice is a government-owned and –controlled corporation that aims at developing high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2011 01:44
DA Chief URGES Stronger Cooperation, Trade with Australia PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 01:13

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala yesterday underscored the need for stronger relations with Australia, as farmers, fishers and food producers and entrepreneurs from both countries will benefit from an expanding international commerce and trade that will ensure better lives for both Filipinos and Australians.

“As the Philippines strives to modernize its agriculture and fishery sector, we recognize the need to expand economic and trading relations with our neighbors in Asia and the Pacific, including Australia,” said Secretary Alcala during the inaugural meeting of the Australia-Philippines Agricultural Forum, held April 28, 2011, at the EDSA Shangrila Hotel, Quezon City.

He said the Philippines therefore seeks a stronger and deeper partnership with Australia, a fellow Cairns Group member, and the world’s 13th biggest economy.

The partnership between the Philippines and Australia, he added, “is a good template for sustainable agricultural growth and modernization, and going to be one of the most significant for the Philippines in the coming years.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2011 01:39
P400-M modern agri trading, processing center to rise in Benguet PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 April 2011 03:53

A P400-million modern wholesale trading and processing facility for vegetables and fruits—dubbed as Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (APTC)—will soon rise on a four-hectare lot in La Trinidad, Benguet, considered as the country’s ‘salad bowl.’

 Due for completion before yearend, it will be the biggest and most modern agricultural wholesale trading and processing center in the country, said Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, who led the ceremonial launch, April 13, 2011, at the proposed site within the ‘strawberry fields,’ at the main campus of the Benguet State University (BSU) in La Trinidad.

 Sec. Alcala said the Benguet APTC will form part of the country’s integrated food supply chain being established in major food producing regions in the country — in compliance with President Aquino’s commitment to enable Filipino farmers and fisherfolk sell their produce directly and earn comfortable incomes, and at the same time make basic food affordable and accessible to the general public.


Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2011 04:00

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