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Balita.phNovember 14, 2014 11:23 am
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov. 13 — The local government through the Office of the City Agriculturist is conducting a one-day advocacy campaign to promote awareness on responsible rice consumption and serving other staple food as substitutes to rice.
City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said the advocacy is in line with the observance of the National Year of the Rice pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 494.
He said the campaign will be held on Tuesday, November 18, to enjoin all stakeholders in promoting awareness on responsible rice consumption.
Palacat said part of the advocacy campaign is to encourage food establishments to serve brown rice and mixed rice.Presidential Proclamation No. 494 also states that the second and third Fridays of the month of November are considered “Brown Rice Day” and “Rice Mixed Days.”
Palacat said key officials were invited to be among the resource speakers during the one-day advocacy campaign.
Source: Zambo sets advocacy campaign on responsible rice consumption
balita.ph | November 5, 2014
STA. BARBARA, Pangasinan, Nov. 3 –"Asin" or salt does not only give flavor to dishes, it also enriches a coconut tree.
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) provincial office here endorses the use of rock salt, abundant in Pangasinan, as fertilizer to fruit-bearing coconut trees.
According to PCA officer-in-charge provincial manager Loreta Dela Cruz, rock salt, as fertilizer, improves the quality of the fruit by thickening the coconut meat by 25%.
The salt is applied around the coconut tree, about one-meter diameter, during the onset of rainy season. The salt fertilizer may be dug in or be put on the soil.
Dela Cruz said despite the fact that Pangasinan is a “land of salt,” only a few farmers in Bolinao, Dasol, Alaminos City and San Carlos City are making use of salt as fertilizer.
“They aren’t aware yet about this method,” she added.
She also said that farmers are not following the appropriate distance between coconut trees in planting, which shall be 7 to 15 meters apart, resulting to not maximized production.
The PCA provincial office here covers regions 1, 2, 3, and 4-B.
Unlike in other areas, Dela Cruz said their main problem in the four regions is the ‘brontispa’ or the coconut leaf beetle which they are fighting with biological control.
“(Brontispa) is not as dangerous as the ‘coco-lisap,’” she assured.
Meanwhile, Dela Cruz disclosed the Accelerated Coconut Planting and Replanting Project (ACPRP) is still ongoing.
The ACPRP has four components: the Participatory Coconut Planting Project (PCPP), the Coconut Seedlings Dispersal Project (CSDP), the Indigenous People Outreach Program (IPOP), and the Hatid Punla (HP).
Dela Cruz explained that the PCPP is a participatory and reward system that urges farmers to raise, transplant and stabilize seedlings on the ground , provided that they have the source of seednuts and the land suitable for growing coconut trees. These farmers will be rewarded with monetary incentive worth P40.
She said they encourage farmers to abide by the ratio of one-hectare is to 100 trees in planting.
CSDP is in partnership with the private sectors and other government agencies like the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), for the establishment of seedfarms.
“It involves the establishment of communal nurseries in strategic locations for the production of good quality seedlings for distribution to interested and qualified farmer-beneficiaries such as the DSWD's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries,” as stated on the PCA website.
IPOP, as its name suggests, hails the role of the Indigenous People (IPs) in the preservation and development of their ancestral domain and promotes the participation of IPs in the coconut planting program and to have a stake in the coconut industry development; while HP aims at revitalizing the existing PCA nurseries or seed production facilities, and if needed, the establishment of new coconut nurseries suitable for the propagation of the coconut seedlings.
Dela Cruz encouraged the planting of coconut trees as she said the demand for coco-products like buko juice, virgin coconut oil, and coconut fiber is still high.
She, however, discouraged the coconut lumber industry, citing a memorandum prohibiting the cutting of coconut trees, except only if the tree poses threat to life and property. (PNA)
Source: Salt as coconut fertilizer urged
balita.ph; November 5, 2014 12:28 am
SCIENCE CITY OF MUNOZ, Nueva Ecija, Nov. 4 (PNA) –Farmers in rainfed lowland rice areas are being encouraged to use an internet-based software that could help them manage their rice crops better.
Funded by the International Fund for Agriculture Development, the use of software Rice Crop Manager (RCM) is seen to help bring an increase in yield or productivity, and also raise the income of farmers.
Dr. Nenita Desamero, project leader based at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), said the RCM is a location-specific decision support software that helps farmers calculate the right kind and amount of fertilizer needed in their rice fields.
“The use of this software is free of charge. Users only need internet connection. By honestly answering the 20 questions, they will be given recommendations specified for their farms,” Desamero said.
RCM is an application that could be accessed via a smartphone or a computer with Internet connection.
It allows extension officers to give farmers a specific recommendation on nutrient, pest, weed, or water management, depending on the specific variety they used, their yield from the previous season, and the site-specific conditions of their field.
RCM builds on the success of its predecessor, Nutrient Manager for Rice, which was only focused on nutrient management advice.
Through improved crop and nutrient management, RCM aims to add 300kg of unmilled rice to each crop per season, per hectare.
Moreover, the additional production for the country would amount to an extra 20,000 metric tons of milled rice for each 100,000 hectares of rice cultivation per season.
RCM was developed by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in collaboration with PhilRice.The project, “Improving Livelihood and Overcoming Poverty in the Drought-Prone Lowlands in South and Southeast Asia,” promotes RCM in regions I, II, and III.
The project is also being implemented in Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia.However, Francisco Collado Jr, municipal agriculturist of Umingan, Pangasinan, cited the need to enhance the farmers’ ICT-based skill so they can benefit from the software.
To address issues on farmers’ internet access, Desamero said that aside from relying on the municipality’s few agricultural technologists, farmers’ children or grandchildren who know how to use the internet may help them. [By Magtanggol C. Villar (PNA) CTB/ZST/MCV/PS]
Source: Rice farmers encourage to use web tool to help raise yield, income