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.
Bringing comfort and hope to the Pangasinense farmers who were greatly affected by the Tropical storm Josie as induced by the Southwest Monsoon just recently, Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol awarded Php81.6 million worth of initial agricultural assistance to the Province of Pangasinan yesterday at the Sison Auditorium, Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Received by Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino III together with the Provincial Board Members and some Local Chief Executives of the province, the initial assistance is part of the DA’s relief and recovery efforts to the typhoon affected farmers.
To monitor the status of the Goat Production Project – Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (GPP-AHMP) in compliance to the approved guidelines and MOA signed between BAI and project recipients, the Department of Agriculture through the Livestock Banner Program, helped the staff from Philippine Council of Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) and Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in visiting identified project recipients particularly in La Union from July 16-19, 2018.
Developing cassava as a fruitful business opportunity, selected women and youth from farmers' organizations in the region completed the investment seminar and entrepreneurial skill training on cassava processing for three days.
Approximately Php307 million worth of damaged crops was reported by the agriculture sector in Ilocos Region due to the onslaught of southwest monsoon or Habagat as triggered by the tropical depressions Inday and Josie affecting Northern and Central Luzon.