By: Maricyn A. De los Santos
Photos by: Ricky D. Alejo
THE Department of Agriculture-6 launched on Mar. 16, 2018 the Tinda sa Parola and Bugas para sa Masa programs at the DA-6 Regulatory Compound in Parola, City Proper, Iloilo City.
Regional Director Remelyn Recoter said the Tinda sa Parola aims to help both farmers and consumers by doing away with middlemen.
“The farmers can sell their produce with a little markup while the consumers can have savings from the reduced price less the middleman,” said Recoter.
The Tinda sa Parola is in line with the directive of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol to reduce intervention of middlemen in the marketing of farm produce to make agricultural products accessible and affordable to the consumers and at the same time, ensure that the farmers get their rightful income.
In the Tinda, consumers can choose from a wide array of affordable agricultural products from farmer-producers such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes from Leon and Alimodian; yummy milk, yoghurt, and kesong puti from Calinog; fresh salad leaves from San Enrique; various fish products from Estancia and San Dionisio; and of course, rice from Dingle, among others.
Meanwhile, through the Bugas para sa Masa program, the DA dispels reports that there is rice shortage in the country.
Recoter said that Region 6, particularly the Panay provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Antique, Aklan, and Guimaras are more than rice self-sufficient at 124%. Negros Occidenal is almost rice self-sufficient at P92%.
“We don’t have problems in rice supply here in Western Visayas,” he said.
Through the Bugas sa Masa program, Recoter said the DA also intends to reduce the intervention of middlemen in the rice trade, citing the earlier observation of Piñol on the disparity of prices of rice in Iloilo towns and the city of Iloilo.
The public is urged to patronize the twice-a-month Tinda sa Parola and Bugas Para sa Masa to boost the income of farmers in the region, while at the same time, save money by buying directly from the farmer-producers.
9 farmer groups get P1.1-M farm machineries from KOPIA
NINE Farmers Association (FAs) in Dingle, Iloilo received P1,112,044worth of farm machineries and implements from theKorean Program International Agriculture (KOPIA).
KOPIA, headed by Director Lee JeongTaek, partnered with the Department of Agriculture-6, Rural Development Administration (RDA) of Korea, and PhilRice in implementing their projects in the Philippines.
The KOPIA along with other cooperators and representatives introduced to the farmers of Dingle the latest technology on seeding and transplanting in a techno-forum held in Dingle recently.
MarfeQuinlat, Dingle municipal agriculturist, invited around 100 farmer associationmembers and farmer leaders from the following farmers associations: Sinibaan FA, Agtatagay FA, Gutao Integrated FA,Caguyuman FA,Potolan FA, Pandan Integrated FAs, Tabugon FAs,Ginalinan Viejo Fas, and Lapayon FA.
Dr. Hwang Woo Ha, junior scientist of the National Food Science Institute (NFSI) of Korea, introduced to the farmers the seeding technology and nursery system, which includes seed selection, disinfection, soaking, and germination.
She said that the automatic seeding system using the automatic water spray will save 86% of labor hour and 52% less in labor cost. It would be less laborious for if a farmer would use the transplanter system.She said there will be a significant increase in rice production because of mechanization and proper irrigation system.
Dr. Lee, KOIPA director, said that by using “Tong ill”, a combination of Japonica and Indica rice varieties which weredeveloped in IRRI, and the latest farm technology, the Philippines can surely reach its aim for rice sufficiency and sustainability.
A hands-on seeding and transplanting demonstration followed in Brgy. Sinibaan, Dingle. FAs received farm implements and machineries such as water pump machines, 1 reaper, 2 automatic seeder with conveyor, 16,000 seedling trays, 1 handy cultivator with plow, 1 thresher for Japonica varieties, 1 seed cleaner, 1 vacuum sealer with air compressor, 1 light trap, 5 knapsack sprayer, 1 automatic ride-on transplanter,1 walk-behind transplanter, (DA6 PIO)