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A snap shot of Heirloom rice production area in barangay Gawana, Barlig, Mountain Province.

 

The Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) has switched on the green light to support another small enterprise aimed to increase the income of Heirloom rice farmers in Mountain Province.

The PRDP’s Project Support Office (PSO) Luzon A Cluster recently, issued a “No Objection” for the Mt. Province Heirloom Rice Consolidation Processing and Marketing enterprise proposed by the Barlig Development Cooperative to immediately commence with the procurement activities identified in the approved plans submitted therein for initial approval.

The already existing enterprise wants to upgrade the processing and marketing of quality organically produced heirloom rice varieties for local and export markets.

The Cooperative boasts of its products of red, purple black and white colored rice, rice hulls, rice bran and broken grains. Locally, their produce are called omino, chorchor-os and fiagsang.

With a total investment cost of P6.5-million, the local government of Mt. Province as implementing unit, the enterprise aims to strengthen and develop a viable heirloom rice enterprise here through the PRDP interventions to increase the productivity of the farmers heirloom rice varieties.

The Cooperative is optimistic that it will reach its goal of improving the quality of life of heirloom rice growers in the area with the proposed interventions which includes the establishment of trading and consolidation/ processing center, purchase of hauling vehicle, provision of trading and operating capital, and acquisition of other appropriate processing equipment to improve the business.

The enterprise was proposed under the Investments in Rural Enterprise and Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity (I-REAP) component of the PRDP.// MBZabala (RPCO-CAR InfoACE Unit)


 

The Department of Agriculture once again recognized the efforts of the outstanding rice producers in the Philippines. The 2017 Rice Achievers Cluster Awarding Ceremony for the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region 1 and Region 2 was conducted last August 30, 2018 at Hotel Elizabeth, Baguio City.

The Rice Achievers Award is an annual event that aims to give recognition to the local government units (LGUs) for their significant contributions to the rice industry.

Among the achievers were the 140 outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) and 25 outstanding Local Farmer Technicians (LFTs) from the three regions.

At the same time, the outstanding provinces were also recognized. These were the province of Kalinga (CAR) under the category B (production performance of greater than or equal to an area harvested of 25,000 ha); and province of Cagayan and Isabela (Region II) under category A (production performance of greater than or equal to 250,000 MT and area harvested of 50,000 ha).

Meanwhile, the outstanding municipalities/cities were Tabuk City, Kalinga (CAR), San Mateo, Isabela (Region 2), and Manaoag, Pangasinan (Region 1).

Guest Speaker Director Lorenzo M. Caranguian, Special Assistant of the Office of the Secretary (OSEC) of the Department of Agriculture graced the said activity. Caranguian commended the achievers for their important roles in supporting the farmers in their respective communities.

The convergence led the Regional Executive Directors Cameron P. Odsey of CAR, Lucrecio R. Alviar Jr. of Region 1, and Narciso A. Edillo of Region 2 to support each other particularly to attain rice self-sufficiency in the country which is one of the agenda of DA under the leadership of Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol.

There were also participants from the regional offices of CAR headed by Dr. Danilo P. Daguio, OIC- Regional Technical Director for Operations, and Dr. Virginia Tapat Chief of Field Operations Division; Region 1 headed by Erlinda F. Manipon, OIC- Regional Technical Director for Operations; Region 2 headed by Generoso M. Oli, Chief of Field Operations Division; Balbina Ernesto, CAR-RAFC Chair, and other staff from the three regions.//HDanis