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 The field demonstration was undertaken by the DA-CAR in partnership with All Certified Equipment Trading Corporation (ACETC), and SL Agritech Corporation.In order to improve farmers’ production, reduce costs, and make farm work more efficient, a field demonstration on the new farm machineries and equipment was conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) at Barangay Macutay, Rizal, Kalinga on Aprill 11, 2018.

 DA-CAR Regional Technical Director for Field Operations, Engineer Danilo P. Daguio encouraged farmers to mechanize their farm production and operations in support to the government’s Agricultural and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) and the Philippine Rice Industry Roadmap that aims to attain rice self-sufficiency and avoid rice importation.

 Daguio said that the government continues to support farmers through mechanization in a bid to decrease the cost of production by Php6.00 per kilo of palay. He added that through mechanization, farmers can also increase their income and become competitive in the production of high quality seeds.

 “This project of the DA and the local government unit (LGU) of Rizal, Kalinga serves as an opportunity for us to improve our livelihood and share the technologies that we have learned with others. Let us grow together”, said Mayor Marcelo V. Dela Cruz, Jr. of Rizal town.

 The small machineries that were demonstrated were Multi-crop Bagging Machine and Tajima 3-in-1 Knapsack Sprayer/Sower, products of ACETC and SL Agritech Corporation, respectively.

 The activity was participated by Domingo P. Bakilan, Provincial Agriculturist of Kalinga; Isabelo M. Dawaton, Municipal Agriculturist of Rizal; different Farmers Association and their members from Rizal; staff from the DA-CAR, ACETC, SL Agritech Corporation among others. //Herman Danis and Alfredo Cañero


 

A field day on the production of onion and garlic for the Cordillera highland was conducted by the Bureau of Plant Industry - Baguio National Crop Research Development and Production Support Center (BPI-BNCRDPSC) on April 4, 2018 at Guisad Valley, Baguio City.

The activity was attended by residents from barangays Crescentia Village and Fairview; representatives from Pinsao National High School; Provincial Local Government Unit of Benguet; municipal local government units (LGUs) of Sablan, La Trinidad, Kapangan, Tuba, all in Benguet; and Barlig, Mountain Province. On the job trainees from Ifugao State University (IFSU) and DA-CAR High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) staff also participated in the field day.

According to BPI-BNCRDPSC Chief Jesus Aspuria, 1.26 kilograms is the per capita consumption of every Filipino, multiplied by the million population of the country to come up with the total estimated demand on garlic versus the 7,486 MT production does not really suffice. Thus, the importation of garlic and onion that were taken advantage by cartels, he added.

With that, the techno-demo on garlic and onion were conducted to test their suitability in cool places such as Baguio City and also to explore possible areas for its expansion to boost its production.

Moreover, on the side of DA-Regional Field Office-Cordillera Administrative Region, according to High Value Crops Development Program Regional Coordinator (HVCDP) Joan Bacbac, they are to establish technology demonstration farms on garlic and onion in the six provinces of the region this year.

“This year, the Bureau of Plant Industry will concentrate on technology demonstration on garlic and onion and establishment of tissue culture laboratories for garlic to come up with virus free and quality planting materials,” said Jerico Noynay of BPI Central Office.// Karen T. Gawigawen