DA-XI HVCDP coordinator Melani Provido points out to strengthen the ComVal Coffee Council to be part of Davao Region Coffee Council as well as the Philippine Coffee Council during the Coffee Culture Caravan held in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now focusing on improving the quality of coffee in Davao Region.

For coffee production areas, a total of 2,300 hectares is in Davao region and about 1,000 hectares is targeted for expansion.

 “The demand for coffee is increasing by 2.4 percent every year and is expected to rise in the coming years. More and more people drink coffee every day and an increasing consumption among younger generation,” said Melani Provido, DA-XI-High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) coordinator.

Team from DA-XI and Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) conducts a field validation in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur in preparation of its Pest Risk Identification and Management (PRIME) assessment. (DA-XI photo)

To further understand the risk factors for pest outbreaks particularly on rice, the Department of Agriculture in Region XI (DA-XI) strengthened its capacities through Pest Risk Identification and Management (PRIME) training.

Ulysses Duque, Agriculturist II of Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) Crop Pest Management Division said advance monitoring and surveillance on rice field can prevent pest outbreak.

Director Ricardo Oñate Jr. (5th from right) leads the laying of time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony of the R&D center in DaCARS Mati City, Davao Oriental. Also in photo is Dr. Angelina Pancho, RTD for Research (2nd from left) and Digna Sandoval, DA-BAR chief of Institutional Development Division (4th from left). Photo by Che D. Palicte DA-11


 Farmers in the region can now look forward to a more responsive and relevant researches. This came after the Department of Agriculture in Region XI (DA-XI) recently launched four research and development (R&D) facilities in its research stations across the region.

Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang (second from right), Banaybanay Mayor Adalia Lopez (3rd from left), Director Ricardo Oñate Jr. (extreme left), Dr. Angelina Pancho, RTD for Research and Davao Oriental Provincial Agriculturist Rotchie Ravelo in a posterity pose with the Gawad Saka Outstanding Rice Farmer Edna Deypalubos of Banaybanay, Davao Oriental. Photo by Che D. Palicte DA-11

With their exemplary contribution in agricultural sustainability and productivity, the province of Davao Oriental was adjudged as this year’s Regional Gawad Saka over-all champion.

Davao City is this year’s 1st runner-up and Compostela Valley Province is second.

In an awarding ceremony held in Davao City on Thursday, the province bagged six major awards out of the 13 categories.

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