Leading the direction for the Livestock Sector in the FY 2016 and 2017, the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office I under the Livestock Banner Program conducted its 2016 and 2017 Planning Workshop on January 18, 2016 at the DA-Conference Room in San Fernando City, La Union.
Despite the massive information dissemination campaign of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) on the Sikat Saka Program to the members of Irrigators Association in Ilocos Region, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) still failed to maximize the funds intended for the Sikat Saka Program for Region I.
"Gusto kong mabago ang imahe ng mga magsasaka. Dapat nakangiti na nakasakay sa traktora at may pera sa bulsa."
This is how Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala pictured how he wanted to change the image of Filipino farmers at the end of his term as the food czar in Aquino's Administration during the Farmers' Forum held on February 22, 2016 at Sta. Maria Municipal Auditorium, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur.
|Hon. Proceso J. Alcala wows the crowed with the P115,435,580.50 worth of programs, projects and interventions for turn-over, award and raffle to various farmers and irrigators associations recipients. Among these projects are the Small Water Impounding Projects (SWIP), Farm to Market Roads (FMR), farm machineries and equipment such as 4-wheel drive tractors, hand tractors, pump and engine sets and collapsible dryers. Assorted vegetables as well as bottom set gillnet and tilapia fingerlings in support to the high value commercial crops program and fisheries sector was also awarded to the farmer and fisherfolk beneficiaries. Included in the raffle are: knapsack power sprayers, pump and engine sets, farmalite, carabao with implements, native piglets and goats.|
Joining forces to strengthen the mango industry while positively responding to the pressing issues and concerns of the major industry players, the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office I in collaboration with the Philippine Mango Industry Foundation, Inc. (PMIFI) and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte hosted the 18th National Mango Congress and Summit Workshop 2016.