Elite rice varieties to make Ph farmers
competitive amid the influx of imported rice

Planting next generation rice varieties could be our best defense against the influx of imported rice.

After it’s launching on Monday at the Department of Agriculture XI (DA-XI) Compound, the Malasakit Help Desk is already in full operation and served its first client from the Philippine National Police (PNP).


In light of reports of plastic-like substances allegedly coating imported mackerels which surfaced in social media, Department of Agriculture in Davao Region (DA-XI) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources XI (BFAR-XI) clarified that Davao City is cleared from such issue during a meeting in DA compound on Friday afternoon.

DA XI Reg’l Director Ricardo Oñate, Jr. (4th from L) leads the unveiling of Malasakit Help Desk. Assisting him are RTD for Operations Marila Corpuz (3rd from R) and RTD for Research and Regulations Angelina Pancho (2nd from R) together with the Division chiefs. Also in photo is John Paul Matuguinas (4th from R), one of the youngest DA XI employees, to symbolize the agency’s youthful idealism and continued commitment to bring agri services to our farmers.

The Department of Agriculture XI thru its Philippine Rice Information System Management (PRISM) technical staff recently conducted a field validation among the major rice producing municipalities in Davao Oriental.

Using a drone and smartphone application, the ground observations will supplement the given satellite data on rice and non rice areas in the region.

"It will greatly help the decision makers, farmers, AEWs and project implementers to prepare for and mitigate the effect of recurring disasters. This technology will help us improve program implementation by carrying out appropriate interventions to the right beneficiaries," said Engr. Arvin Aquino Bravo, DA XI alternate focal for PRISM. 

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