About 690 hectares of both irrigated and rainfed palay areas were planted last month since there was sufficient water supply in Zamboanga City. On the other hand, 560 hectares were harvested with an average yield of 4.7 mt. for farms planted to good seeds and 5.3 mt. for those planted to certified seeds. More planting of corn was observed due to sufficient water supply.
In Zamboanga del Norte, most palay farm areas were harvested while 80% of the total corn areas were also reaped during the period. On the other hand, 20 hectares of palay areas and 500 hectares of corn were planted. Adequate supply of Hawaiian pineapple variety came from Piñan and Polanco. Papaya was scarce due to unfavorable weather.
A new malady on coconut trees caused by Brontispa Longissima or coconut leaf beetle was experienced by some coconut farmers in Zamboanga Sibugay. Some parts of Districts 1 and 2 were affected by this disease destroying young leaves and eventually the whole tree.
Supply of fish in Zamboanga City was sufficient for local demand and export to nearby provinces. Matangbaka, tamban and gulyasan were seen in the local markets. Likewise, sufficient supply of Indian sardines was noted in commercial and municipal fish landing centers in Zambonga del Norte.
Fishpond operators in Zamboanga del Sur complained of high mortality rates of fingerlings in their ponds. This was due to the sudden thermal change of the ecosystem.
3. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
Price per kilogram of copra increased from P40.00-P46.00 last month to P45.00-P50.00 this month. Retail price of fish surged up by 5% to 10%, however supply was sufficient. Price of tomato decreased from P30.00-P32.00 per kilogram to P15.00-P25.00 per kilogram due to abundant supply from local farmers of Zamboanga City and nearby provinces.
In Dipolog City Public Market, retail prices of banana lakatan and saba increased from P2.50 to P3.00 and P2.00 to P2.50, respectively. Supply of mango carabao was fluctuating because of staggered local harvesting mostly through artificial fruiting. Retail prices ranged from P45.00-P60.00 per kilogram.
In Zamboanga del Sur, retail prices of some commodities were relatively higher like onion bulb from P70.00 to P80.00 per kilogram, rice from P31.00 to P40.00 per kilogram and white corn grits from P27.00 to P29.00 per kilogram.
Increased prices of rubber ranged from P75.00 to P82.00 per kilogram and copra from P39.00 to P42.00 in Zamboanga Sibugay.
4. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
In Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, seed distribution to farmers under the "Plant now, Pay later" program was on-going. Seeds of pechay, eggplant and palay area planted to farmers.
The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Zamboanga Sibugay released 1,560 sacks (40 kg/sack) of palay seeds to every Municipal Agricultural Office for distribution to farmers. These were inbred varieties namely RC-160, RC-122, RC-18, and RC-82.
Vaccination of backyard livestock for anti-cholera, anti-rabies and deworming in Barangay Baluran, Lower Tungawan and Libertad of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay were reported.
In Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, artificial insemination of large animals was conducted by the Office of Provincial Veterinarian.
Blood sampling of goats in the municipality of R.T. Lim was conducted by the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian to test the presence of Caprine Arthritis and Encephalitis (CAE). CAE is a viral disease of goats.
In Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, BFAR conducted Tree Planting Program in the mangroves of Barangay Sanito on May 23, 2011 where 355 propagules of mangrove were planted. The activity was part of the expansion of aquasilvi culture areas. It was attended by the Regional Fishery Folk Director and staff. On May 30, 2011 the BFAR together with the provincial and municipal employees of Zamboanga Sibugay conducted a coastal clean-up in Purok Sampaloc, Magdaup, Ipil. This activity was part of maintaining the cleanliness of environment especially in coastal areas.
Vegetable seeds were continuously distributed to farmers in Zamboanga City.
Blessing of new storage facility located at San Pedro, Dapitan City was reported. The budget of said storage which amounted to P40M was sourced from BFAR thru the provincial government.This can be utilized to preserve excess fish for lean season to maintain regular supply of fish throughout the year. This can help fishermen especially the sardines industry. The management of said storage will be turned over to the provincial government with BFAR experts giving technical assistance. On the other hand, farmers in Dipolog City were able to increase their production due to implementation various DA programs such as the High Value Crops Development Program. Meanwhile, road concreting amounting to P1.5M in Barangay Sta Felomina is on-going.
5. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
The Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA) started to organize the Farmers' Field School in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay for the CoCoPAL (Cocoa, Coconut and Palayamanan) Program. The school aims to extend the knowledge of those small farmers regarding farming system approach for cocoa, coconut and palay in their areas. The farmers who are attending this program will be on training once a week for the period of 18 months. Training started in barangay Libertad, Lower Tungawan, Upper Tungawan, Gaycon, Baluran, Linguisan, Sto. Niño, Batungan and Masao.
The Fisherfolk Congress was held on May 26, 2011 at the Marcian Garden, Zamboanga City and was attended by fishermen and seaweed farmers.
Field technicians of DA conducted regular farmer skills training and session classes on actual application of new technology for planting and caring of crops re: Hi-Green project of their communal farm that is managed by the farmers themselves of Zamboanga del Norte.
A Sectoral Consultation was conducted by the DOLE Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board at Bay Plaza Hotel last May 23, 2011. The meeting aimed to tackle the issue on wage adjustment in Region IX.
The BAS-POC represented by PASO Barnido presented the Supply and Prices of Basic Agricultural Products in Zamboanga del Sur. There were about 30 participants from different sectors who attended the said consultations including the NEDA and DTI.
On May 25-26, 2011 TOMMBA members composed of Talusan, Olutanga, Malangas, Mabuhay, Buug and Alicia conducted workshop on the operations and functions of TOMMBA. It was formed to strengthen Bantay Dagat Program against illegal fishing and pirates' activities in the province.
On May 9-10, 2011, the Farm Family Forum was held at Pagadian City. It was participated in by youth leaders, farmers, fisherfolk and Gawad Saka winners from Zamboanga Sibugay.
6. WEATHER SITUATION
Generally, sunny to cloudy skies with occasional light to heavy rains were experienced throughout the region.