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2 sets of equipment bought by LGUs in Visayas, 1 acquired in 2016

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2 SETS OF EQUIPT BOUGHT
BY LGUs, 1 ACQUIRED 2016

A few minutes ago, I received a copy of the report submitted by the DA Regional Office on the alleged defective farm equipment distributed to farmers' groups.

Report from DA Regional Director Milo delos Reyes:

1. Alangalang, Leyte:
Nilda Briones and Jerroy Ablan complained about the Rice Thresher granted to them.

Report: The Rice Thresher was procured in 2016 using the Rice Program Fund of the DA with a unit cost of P116,890. This was before the Duterte Presidency

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Piñol denies acquisition of defective equipment during DA stint

DAVAO CITY -- Former Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol clarified in a Facebook post on Monday that all equipment procured and released to farmers during his stint at the agency remain operational.

The statement came after President Rodrigo Duterte said in a television interview recently that he would ask Piñol to explain the reported defective farm equipment handed out to local farmers in Eastern Visayas.

The rice farmers complained of faulty equipment, which they said are now useless.

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FAO, BARMM forge deal on empowerment of agri sector

COTABATO CITY ---- The Food and Agriculture Office (FAO) of the United Nations and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) forged Monday an agreement to help each other boost the productivity of farmers in BARMM provinces.

The joint development deal was signed by FAO representative Jose Luis Fernandez and BARMM Environment Minister Abdulraof Macacua during a symbolic event on Monday morning at the office here of Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim.

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DAR provides greater economic liberty for ARBs

GEN. SANTOS CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has provided greater economic liberty as it releases more land titles to the farmer-beneficiaries in Mindanao.

In Sarangani, some 4,800 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) received their Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs).  The ARBs were represented by 30 farmer-beneficiaries during the Mindanao-wide CLOA distribution in Davao City.

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Sarangani ARBs get farm equipment, machinery

GEN. SANTOS CITY – Close to 500 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Sarangani province are expected to increase farm production after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed farm machinery and equipment.

One of the beneficiaries was all praised to the program after his group received the postharvest facilities.

“Salamat gyud sa DAR sap ag suporta sa among mga mangunguma paagi sa paghatag nila ug mg ekwipo,” Benjamin Campaan, president of Big Margus and Cross Irrigators Association (IA) in Glan, Sarangani.

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DA 12 honors Regional Gawad Saka awardees

KORONADAL CITY - The Department of Agriculture in Soccksargen has recognized the 12 regional winners of the 2019 Gawad Saka Search during awarding ceremony held in Paraiso Verde Resort and Waterpark in this city Wednesday.

They were Jesus Horlador as outstanding rice farmer and Bienvenido Nebres as outstanding fisherfolk, both from Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat.

Three of the awardee were from North Cotabato.

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NFA-South Cotabato buffer stocking for emergencies

KORONADAL CITY - The National Food Authority (NFA) today announced it focuses on buffer stocking for calamities and emergencies with buffer stocks to be sourced solely from local farmers as a consequence of the passage of RA-11203 or the Rice Liberalization Law which took effect on March 5, 2019.

In South Cotabato, NFA’s rice distribution shall be limited to the requirements of relief agencies during calamities and emergencies at P37.00 per kilogram, Nelson P. Sañada, NFA provincial manager for South Cotabato, said in a statement.

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Farmers in Buldon, Maguindanao still practice traditional farming

BULDON, Maguindanao – The traditional method of rice milling is still very much alive in a farming community here where organic farming is being pushed.

Farmers here, mostly belonging to Iranun tribe, have been producing “dinorado” brown rice variety using traditional method of harvesting and milling.

Despite the availability of modern rice milling machines, Iranun farmer Ali said the farmers here “are still doing it the traditional and effective way.”

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26 Norala farmers graduate from DAR-Farm Business School 

NORALA, South Cotabato - The Department of Agrarian Reform-Farm Business School (DAR-FBS) in Barangay San Jose, Norala South Cotabato built by DAR, other line agencies and local government unit have produced 26 farmers cum business persons.

This is the 8th FBS site established by the department since 2015.

There were 26 farmers who successfully completed the 25 sessions of the season long program. The journey was not easy but the graduates proved that excuses were not an option for a person who has a strong determination to finish the race.

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Lake Sebu farmers get irrigation projects

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato – Rice and corn farmers in the village of Ned here are expected to improve productivity with the turnover of three Small Irrigation Projects (SIPs).

This irrigation projects are the Kinubing SIP, New Tupi SIP and Tinugas SIP, built under Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD) Project.

The turnover program was conducted last August 19, 2019 at Ned Settlement, Lake Sebu.

It was initiated by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), the lead implementing agency.

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