The Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center through its Contract Trading Department recently conducted an Installation of Internal Control System (ICS) to farmer groups in Buguias and Kibungan, Benguet.

As one of the requirements of GAP certification, the training developed a manual for the Lengaoan Indigenous Farmers Credit Cooperative (LIFCC) and Madaymen Good Agricultural Practices Association (MGAPA). The manual contains relevant data needed to advance in the GAP certification process.

With the municipality of La Trinidad investing in agriculture with the production of temperate high value crops including crops that is frequented by tourist along the swamp, the Department of Agriculture through the High Value Crops Development Program (DA HVCDP) supported the need to assist in the irrigation of these cash crops by allowing the La Trinidad Local Government to receive 4.6 million pesos to pipe line water to these area.

As the Baguio Health Department mandated communities to eliminate dengue mosquitoes, the Department of Agriculture through the High Value Crops Development Program donated 10 knapsack sprayers to its nearby barangays in support to the regional dengue mosquito search and destroy campaign.

“There is a high demand for processing potato among fast food chains, restaurants and hotels in the country says Joan D. Bacbac, HVCDP Regional Focal Person. Although CAR is the biggest producer of potato in the country, currently only 20-30 % of the white potato produced in CAR are processing varieties.

Given this situation, the Department of Agriculture High Value Crops Development Program (DA- HVCDP) is working with the Benguet State University Northern Philippines Root Crops Research and Training Center (BSU- NPRCRTC) on the project entitled “Commercialization and Promotion of Processing Potato Varieties Thru Rapid Multiplication Technique in Potato Growing Areas”.

          The Department of Agriculture (DA) through its High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) turned over 17.6 million pesos as financial assistance to eight municipal local government units (MLGus) and farmers organizations  to construct and equip their coffee processing centers.

According to Ms. Joan D. Bacbac, HVCDP regional focal person, the processing centers will enhance and improve the quality of the  products of the following recipients: (1) Kapangan Arabica Coffee Producers Association of Kapangan, Benguet; (2) Kibungan Arabica Coffee Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Kibungan, Benguet; (3) La Trinidad Arabica Coffee Practitioners Association (LATACPA) of La Trinidad, Benguet; (4) Sablan MLGU; Bakun MLGU; (5) CORDI Kape, Lagawe , Ifugao; (6) Nalyawan Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Tanudan, Kalinga; and (7) Sabangan Arabica Coffee Multi-Purpose Cooperative Association of Sabangan, Mountain Province.

In support of the national campaign dubbed #BROWN4good Challenge, the Department of Agriculture- CAR launched the said challenge at Banaue Hotel, Banaue, Ifugao on August 31, 2016 graced by DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol.

The social media advocacy campaign was designed to promote the consumption of unpolished brown rice to help address four major problems besetting the Filipino population including undernourishment, low income of rice farmers, rice self-sufficiency, and hunger.
The regional launching of the noble campaign was done through an exhibit featuring one of the region’s pride – the Cordillera heirloom rice varieties.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol together with Governor Pedro Mayam-o of Ifugao led the official launching of the # BROWN4good challenge in the Cordillera. It highlights the Cordillera Heirloom Rice varieties and the support of the DA under the new administration to promote the development and consumption of heirloom rice. Highly significant in this guest is the recognition and announcement by Secretary Piñol that the heirloom rice is a high value crop which paves way for the regular programs of the agency to support development initiatives for the crop.

The#BROWN4good challenge is a campaign that aims to promote the RICEponcibility of every Filipino to their bodies and to our country. It is informing everybody, particularly the consumers, on how they can help the country achieve rice-suffiency.