PETAL ATTRACTION | Looking for IG worthy scenery or something to feed your soul this weekend? Then catch the sunflowers and other annuals in full bloom at DA Research Station in Manambulan, Tugbok District, Davao City.

It's just 700 meters away from UP Mindanao Sports Complex. While DA researchers are finding ways to secure food for our growing population, they also grow ornamentals to promote farm tourism and to help us drive our stress away. Sunflowers and other annuals don't last long. So visit now before they wilt. | RAFIS11

INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY | As we celebrate the International Coffee Day today (October 1, 2019), we make this shout out to the Philippines' top producer of Arabica specialty coffee: Marivic Dubria, President of Balutakay Coffee Farmers' Association ( BACOFA).

SAGIP SAKA | Farmers and Fisherfolk Enterprise Development Program will now be institutionalized as President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11321 or the Sagip Saka Act on April 17, 2019. Authored by Senator Francis Pangilinan, the Department of Agriculture is now (September 18) conducting a public consultation on its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for farmers, fisherfolk, and other stakeholders in Region XI, 12, and BARRM here in General Santos City.

 SOA GRADUATION on SCoPSA | To enhance corn productivity by adopting sustainable adaptive technologies in sloping areas, 450 farmer-graduates in Region 11 recently graduated through the Department of Agriculture School-on-the-Air (SOA) program on Sustainable Corn Production in Sloping Areas (SCoPSA).

“SCOPSA features easy and adaptable methods, and focused on soil and water conservation technologies, soil erosion control, and gully stabilization, in combination with soil fertilization,” said Joedel Leliza, DA-SCOPSA focal person.

In Davao Region, SCOPSA demo sites are located in Governor Generoso and Mati City in Davao Oriental; New Corella and Asuncion in Davao del Norte; and Matanao and Magsaysay in Davao del Sur.

STEERING AND ROWING APPROACH | A boat does not go anywhere if it is not rowed but could go anywhere if not steered. Clarifying who does what and when is a good start of governance.

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