Director Ricardo M. Oñate (4th from left) leads the ribbon cutting during the opening of the 2019 Farmers and Fisherfolks Month at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 11 on Monday afternoon. Also in photo are Angelina Pancho, RTD for Research and Regulations (3rd from L), Marila Corpuz, RTD for Operations (4th from R), Marie Ann Constantino, Field Operations Division Chief (3rd from R), Genevieve Madelo, Gawad Saka Outsanding Rice Farmer (4th from L), Isabelo Candilado, Gawad Saka Outsanding Corn Farmer (5th from R) and Epifanio Loyola Jr., Regional Farmer Director  (with black cap). Photo by: Feliz Lim, DA-11


Recognizing the efforts and contribution of the farmers and fisherfolks in Davao region, Department of Agriculture-XI (DA-XI) officially opened the 2019 Farmers and Fisherfolks’ Month celebration on Monday (May 6).

With the theme “Magsasaka’t Mangingisdang Pilipino, saludo ang buong bansa sa sipag, tibay at lakas ninyo”, the event kicks-off with a fun run among DA employees and followed by an opening ceremony in DA grounds.

DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol consults rice farmers and other rice industry stakeholders on the proposed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Rice Tariffication Law. Photo by: CELSO C. VERGARA, DA11

 In a consultative meeting with the Mindanao rice farmers, seed producers and millers on the proposed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Rice Trade Liberalization Law held on February 28 in Davao City, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol asked the public to participate in finding solutions to address the ‘adverse effect’ of the Tariffication Law.

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

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol assures rice farmers of DA's support amid rice liberalization law during the Mindanaowide Consultation on the drafting of of the Implementing Rules and Regularions (IRR) on Rice Liberalization held February 28 in Davao City.

These include: improving competitiveness of rice farmers thru use of hybrid and next-generation seeds as well as farm inputs; and enhance resiliency to disasters and climate risks.

"In facing this new challenge, we will make sure that our farmers will be protected," Piñol said.

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).

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