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ASF hits Davao Occidental town

The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region (DA-11) has confirmed that pigs from a backyard raiser in Sarangani, Davao Occidental died from African Swine Fever (ASF).

In an interview on Tuesday (Sept. 21), Dyck John Camillo, officer-in-charge of town’s Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAO), said they got the confirmatory result from the DA on Monday, Sept. 20.

He told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the ASF case – the first in their town – was reported by a hog grower to their office on Aug. 30.

“We were informed that various pigs from a backyard raiser in Barangay Tucal have died. Along with the personnel from the Provincial Veterinary’s Office, we immediately went to the affected area and upon validation, we noted more or less 26 hogs affected,” Camillo said.

He said blood samples from Barangay Tucal or “Ground Zero” and its neighboring barangays were sent to DA-11 and results were released on Monday (Sept. 20).

On Sept. 17, a laboratory test performed by the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao of samples from suspected infected live domestic pigs in Barangay Tucal, Balut Island showed the presence of a viral DNA from the ASF virus.

Camillo said the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian has suggested implementing strict biosecurity measures at the borders of every barangay and a lockdown on all barangays with ASF cases.

“No culling or depopulation was implemented yet. Currently, we are accounting for the affected hog raisers since there is an ongoing validation on the ground,” he clarified.

Upon the receipt of the result from DA-11, Mayor Virginia Cawa issued Executive Order (EO) No. 26 or the temporary banning of the entry, exit, transportation, distribution, and sale of wild/domestic live pigs and their products including pork meat in Sarangani town.

“The stringent implementation of proactive measures and restrictions must be put in place to prevent the widespread of this contagious hemorrhage disease of pigs which may cause a threat to the health of the populace,” Cawa said in the EO.

The EO ordered local officials to be vigilant in the conduct of meat inspection in all establishments that sell meat in all respective barangays of concern, assure proper disposal of condemned carcasses and parts, and deputize Meat Inspection Officers at the Purok [sub-villages] level of each barangays who will report any disease outbreaks in their respective areas.

Concerned officials were also instructed to “establish quarantine checkpoints in all entry and exit points of every barangay municipal-wide and conduct sanitary inspections prioritizing identified affected localities, and ensure said areas are properly decontaminated, and submit a regular report as to the status of operations weekly.” (PNA)

DAVAO DEL NORTE: First Corn Learning Center established in Asuncion

Positibong gidawat sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa Asuncion ubos sa liderato ni Hon. Mayor, Atty. Eufracio “Yuri” P. Dayaday, Jr, MPA ang pagpahigayon sa pinakaunang Corn Learning Center (CLC) sa Eastwest Seed Company sa Davao del Norte hinungdan sa gipahitabo nga orientation sa Municipal Agricultural Production Center (APC), Purok 4B, Brgy. Magatos, Asuncion, Davao del Norte kaniadtong August 03, 2021.

Pinaagi sa Municipal Agriculture Office (MAGRO) sa pagpangulo ni Municipal Agriculturist, Evangeline N. Andoy, L. Agr. inubanan sa mga indibidwal nga mga mag-uumang mipartisipar sa pagpanguna ni Farmer-Hero Mr. Noel G. Almedora, nakig-alayon ang LGU Asuncion sa pribadong kompanya sa EastWest Seed Company nga girepresenta ni Mr. Leo D. Narca, Farmer Promotion Supervisor ug Mr. Crisanto D. Mahinay, Farmer Promotion Representative alang sa implementasyon sa maong programa.

Tumong sa maong Corn Learning Center ang paghatag ug pagtulun-an kabahin sa packaged technology sa pagtanum, pag-amuma ug pagbaligya sa usa sa mga produkto sa EastWest Seed Company, ang Purple Sweet F1 nga malagkit nga mais. Ang CLC mulungtad sulod sa usa ka cropping season sa maong variety nga muabot sa 65 hantod 68 ka adlaw. Ang kahibalo nga makat-unan sa ma mag-uuma nga mupartisipar maoy mamahimong pundasyon alang sa pag-establish ug production-market linkages sa Purple Sweet F1 sa probinsya.

Naggahin ang LGU Asuncion ug 0.5 ha nga luna sa Municipal APC para mamahimong demonstration area sa maong variety sa malagkit nga mais dugang pa sa tabang sa teknikal nga aspeto nga ikahatag sa mga personahe sa MAGRO.

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Samtang ang Eastwest Seed Company, dugang pa sa technical assistance, maghatag sab ug upat (4) ka kilo nga binhi alang sa demonstration area ug tinag-duha (2) ka kilo nga binhi matag-usa sa baynte (20) ka partisipante. Ang binhi sa Purple Sweet F1 mapalit sa kantidad nga Php 1, 400.00 matag kilo. Ang mga makakompleto sa maong pagtulun-an makadawat usab ug Certificate of Training.

Aduna usab pagahitabuon nga branding alang sa abot sa demonstration area lakip na ang sa indibidwal nga mga partisipante diin mutabang ang Eastwest Seed Company sa pagpanindot sa mga tindahan nga maoy mamahimong outlet sa produktong purple sweet corn.

Mahinumduman nga ubos sa “Amuma sa Mag-uuma Program”, magpatukod ang LGU Asuncion ug Municipal Agricultural Production Center (APC) nga adunay kadak-on nga 13.0 ha ug maoy mamahimong sentro sa mga proyekto, programa ug aktibedades nga adunay kalabot sa sector sa agrikultura niining munisipalidad. Isa sa mga kabahin niining APC mao ang 0.59-ha nga corn demonstration area.

Kasamtangang nagapadayon na ang mga operasyon sa pagdevelop sa municipal APC nga opisyal na nga panag-iyahan sa LGU Asuncion human ang pinirmahay sa Deed of Sale alang sa maong luna kaniadtong Nobyembre 24 sa milabayng tuig.

Gilauman nga pinaagi sa municipal APC, mas mudaghan pa ang mga pribadong kompanya o bisan mga pampublikong ahensya nga madasig sa pakig-alayon sa LGU Asuncion para sa pag-implementar ug lain-laing mga proyekto, programa ug aktibedades nga adunay kalabot sa pagpalambo sa panginabuhian sa mga lumulupyo sa Asuncion labi na ang mga mag-uuma.

Mitambong sab sa maong panagtapok si barangay kagawad, Hon. Leoniel C. Balintongog, representante ni Brgy. Magatos Punong Barangay Hon. Emiliano M. Rabe isip pagsuporta sa maong kalihukan.

PH approves Bt eggplant’s use for food, feeds

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Friday approved the use of the Bt eggplant for direct use as food, feed, or for processing (FFP).

In a statement, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) said the DA’s Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) has issued Biosafety Permit No. 21-078FFP for the use of the Bt eggplant after a rigorous biosafety assessment in compliance with a joint department circular issued by the DA, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Health and the Department of the Interior and Local Government in 2016.Read More

PCA launches industry roadmap for coco farmers

 June 30, 2021

MANILA–The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) on Wednesday launched its first-ever Coconut Farmers’ and Industry Roadmap (Coco-FIRM) during its 48th Anniversary Celebration, four months after the signing of Republic Act No. 11524 or the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act… Read More

STO. TOMAS MAYOR ERNESTO EVANGELISTA strengthens battle vs. Panama Disease


The municipality of Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte has strengthened its battle against the Panama Disease, the deadly banana disease that has been wreaking havoc on the export Cavendish banana industry, one of the spark plugs of the town’s economy.

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Panama Disease, the most destructive plant disease that crippled the Cavendish banana industry in Panama in the 60s, is a perennial tormentor of banana farms in Davao del Norte, the Philippine capital of exportable, fresh Cavendish bananas, one of the country’s top dollar-earning exports.

The disease resurfaced in Davao del Norte in 2019 and hit several villages of Sto. Tomas, prompting Mayor Ernesto Evangelista to launch massive information campaign on Panama Disease and provide technical assistance to banana plantations hit by the destructive disease, to contain its spread.

The town’s added firepower to fight the soil-borne fungus also known as Fusarium Wilt came in the form of a P5 million fund from the Department of Agriculture to build techno-demo farms aiming to mitigate the impact of the disease.

Mayor Evangelista received the check on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, thanking DA Region Eleven Executive Director Ricardo M. Oñate, Jr. for the agency’s support to all the programs and projects extended to the agri-sector of Santo Tomas.

The fund will be spent for the establishment of techno-demo farms project of the Municipal Agriculturist’s Office (MAGRO) that aim to study the impact of soil rejuvenation for the rehabilitation of banana Cavendish farms infected by the Panama disease in the municipality of Santo Tomas.

Mayor Evangelista said his administration would now explore feasible options such as the establishment of techno-demo farms to help the banana growers.

It can be recalled that last June 23, 2020, Evangelista sent an endorsement to the Sangguniang Bayan asking for a legislation that would address the issues of price fixing, highlights best practices in pests and disease management, technology updates, maximizing benefits from trade and tariff agreements, and market standards compliance that would strengthen the local Cavendish banana industry.

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Dispels rumors about being ill

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night dispelled rumors about being ill, saying he purposely decided to be out of public eye last week because he was busy reviewing and signing papers that involved “agriculture” issues.

TALK TO THE PEOPLE. President Rodrigo R. Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on Monday night (April 12, 2021). Duterte dispelled rumors about being ill, saying he purposely decided to be out of public eye last week because he was busy reviewing and signing papers that involved “agriculture” issues. (Presidential photo by King Rodriguez)

Duterte did not elaborate the particular agriculture document he signed, but noted that concerns involving food are vital especially during a prevailing pandemic.

“Nagpipirma ako doon series of ‘yong sa agriculture. Pinag-aralan ko, binabasa ko habang nagsasalita sila dito (I was signing a series of that in agriculture. I was studying it, I was reading it while they were talking). I was really working on the papers trying to find out if it’s not — ah well, not in accordance with law. It must be lawful and you know we have to intrude into so many things. But in times of crisis, we are just about really to ready to embark on something that can help the people especially on the food issue,” he said in a pre-recorded public address.


GOING BANANAS. Apart from various problems that surfaced during the pandemic, the banana sector is also dealing with the Fusarium wilt disease that ravages plantations. The Pilipino Growers and Entrepreneurs Association on Thursday (March 25, 2021) suggested that the government look into scrapping or slashing fees, among other solutions. (PNA file photo)

Struggling banana industry seeks lower fees, fewer restrictions

 March 25, 2021, 8:11 pm

MANILA – The Pilipino Banana Growers and Entrepreneurs Association (PBGEA) is calling for fewer government fees and more supportive ordinances to pump up the troubled industry.PBGEA executive director Stephen Antig told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview on Thursday that it would… Read More

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