FARMERS, through their cooperatives, will be prioritized, with 60 percent of the total volume of garlic import to be offered first to farmers’ groups, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday.

To stabilize the burgeoning prices of garlic, the DA will import around 46,000 metric tons (MT) next month to fill the supply gap, said Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala.

Alcala said though that unlike in the past, “the financial capacity of the farmers’ cooperatives will be taken into consideration strictly to ensure that they really have the capacity to import and are not only being used as front by traders,” the agriculture chief said in the vernacular.

Agriculture Regional Director Remelyn Recoter handed the certificate of awards of two units mobile threshers to the beneficiary - Mabini Burayong Communal Irrigation Association Inc during the 47th Town Anniversary of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. With her is  Magsaysay Municipal Mayor Arthur Davin.

Agriculture Assistant Regional Director Maria Febe Orbe addresses the stakeholders from mango industry in Davao region to hasten the crafting of their provincial Priority Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP).


Agriculture Regional Director Remelyn Recoter (3rd R) turns over the Check to B. E. Dujali Mayor Lolita Moral amounting to P1 Million as reward for being the outstanding Rice Agri Achievers (municipal category). With them are ARD Rafael Mercado, ARD Febe Orbe, Municipal Agriculturist Nelson Baer and the two Municipal Technicians. Aggie Media Service.

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