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DA sets new policy guidelinesThe Technical Working Group of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office I thru the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program together with its counterparts at the Local Government Units is now all set for the dry planting season. This was made possible in a successive Rice Program Review and Planning Workshop held at Hotel Consuelo in Lingayen Pangasinan, Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives in Caoayan Ilocos Sur, Oasis Country Resort in San Fernando City La Union and Palazzo Hotel in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte on March March 3-4, March 10-11, March 16-17 and March 20-21, respectively.

Starting with the seed component, extension and advocacy up to the Farm Mechanization Program, all project implementers has provided their counterparts in the provincial and municipal local government units vital information and updates necessary to carry out the goals and objectives of the Rice Program.

With their continuous efforts and contribution in increasing the nation's rice production for food sufficiency and food security in 2013, the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan in Ilocos Region were among the top 10 provinces honored in the 3rd Annual Agri-Pinoy Rice Achiever's Award held at the Resorts World Manila on March 13, 2014.

The municipalities of Manaoag, Pangasinan; Cabugao, Ilocos Sur; Laoag City and Vintar in Ilocos Norte; and Aringay, La Union were also awarded in the said event. These municipalities were awarded for their vital contribution in helping the country increase in rice production along with the 47 agricultural extension workers who have worked hard to deliver the extension support services needed by the farmers in Ilocos thus, contributing to the increase in rice production as well as sustaining the region's rice self-sufficiency status.

DAs Rice seed components"The success and failure of rice production mainly depends on the utilization of high quality seeds. This maybe the very reason why DA is focusing all its effort to strengthen its seed production component."

Ms. Analiza Ramos, Regional Seed Coordinator of DA-RFO I made this emphasis in her discussion on the seed components of the Rice Program during the First Quarter Rice Program Assessment and Planning Workshop held in Lingayen Pangasinan and Caoayan Ilocos Sur last March 4-5 and March 6-7, 2014 respectively.

In her updates on the seed component of the rice program, Ms. Ramos informed the project implementers from the various LGUs in the region about the protocols and guidelines regarding the implementation of the buffer seed stocking project, community seed banks, as well as the hybridization program. These projects aim to address seed-related concerns of the farmers especially now that DA has already faced-out its seeds subsidy program while promoting the use of quality seeds to ensure higher production and consequently the income of the farmers.

news rbb               San Manuel, Pangasinan – The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1 through the Crop Protection Center (RCPC), conducted a two-day action planning workshop here on the Management of Rice Black Bug (RBB) following the increase in number of reported RBB influx which is affecting rice production areas in Pangasinan particularly in Districts 5 & 6 of the province.

                  The initial reports by farmers who monitored the presence of said pest on their rice fields came from the       municipality of Asingan, Pangasinan. However, as of         October 2013, validated reports of areas affected by RBB   included San Manuel with 716 hectares; 30 has. in Sto. Tomas; 100 has. in Urdaneta and 86 has. in Asingan, all in the       province of Pangasinan. Other areas with reported RBB     infestation but still under validation are the Municipalities of Alcala, Binalonan Umingan, Balungao and Natividad. 

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