The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1 thru the 4 banner programs of the Field Operations Division – Rice, Corn, HVCDP and Organic Agriculture gave 120 different farm machineries and equipment to Farmer Associations in the Province of La Union on August 9-10, 2018.
Looking for researches that would tailor-fit the needs of the farmers and agriculture in Ilocos Region, the Research Division of DA-RFO I conducted an agency in-house review on their research and development projects at Pangasinan Regency Hotel, Calasiao, Pangasinan on August 8-10, 2018.
26 Farmer Associations (FAs) from the eight municipalities of Ilocos Norte(IN), District II are expected to lessen their laborious work in farming after receiving 124 units of various farm machineries and equipment worth 39.2M under the Rice Banner, Corn Banner, Livestock Banner, Organic Agriculture, and High Value Crops Development Program of the Department of Agriculture Region 1.
“You are lucky because 60% of the allotted budget for machineries were for you because you have the largest agricultural land in Region 1. It is given to you for free so in return you have to take good care of it and love it as how you love your wife,” jokingly uttered by Regional Director Lucrecio R. Alviar, Jr. to the farmers before the formal distribution of the farm machineries and equipment held on July 30-31, 2018.
Intent on capacitating the Department of Agriculture workforce to help strengthen Research, Development and Extension services in the regions, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in partnership with DA, conducted the Regional Cluster Workshop on Benchmarking the Research Capacity of the Regional Rice and Rice-based R&D Network on July 30-31,2018 at CVRC, Ilagan, Isabela.