Farms which were under stress for the past months because of El Nino were recovering as moderate to heavy rains were experienced. In Capiz most farmers were into land preparation.
In Guimaras, planting of corn started as light to heavy rains occurred during the month. Land preparation for first crop palay was also massively done. Small patches of palay farms were planted through dry seeding. More planting are expected as rainy season started.
Almost 200.0 hectares of irrigated palay farms were planted in Aklan. Some farmers were still into land preparation.
An estimated 2,990.0 hectares of irrigated and 1,642.0 hectares of palay rainfed were planted in Antique as planting was favored by sporadic rainshowers.
Massive land preparation in both irrigated and rainfed palay was noted due to frequent rains. Corn planting was also on-going in the province. Growth and recovery of crops especially sugarcane was also noted.
2. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY
Aklan was still a net importer of cattle and hogs for slaughter. Main sources of these products were the provinces of Iloilo and Antique. Dressed chicken and chicken eggs also came from Iloilo and Capiz.
The livestock and poultry situation in Capiz was normal. More heads of live cattle were noted to be coming in from other provinces ( Masbate, Negros Occ. and Iloilo).The poultry business prospered as more chicken "inasal" and "lechon" stalls were found around the city.
Brisk market transactions at LOM markets in Negros Occidental were observed due to the opening of classes.
Supply of fish and marine products in Aklan was adequate. Regularly sold species were galunggong, tuna, bangus, bisugo, sapsap, scads, skipjacks and others. Additional supplies came from neighboring provinces and through RORO.
An estimated 800 kilograms of yellow fin tuna "Bantalaan" were unloaded in Pandan, Antique by the municipal fishing boat using hook and line.
Abundant supply of marine and brackishwater fishery products was noted in Capiz as evidenced by the crowding of the city streets by fish vendors. Moreover, the weather remained favorable for fishing. Locally cultured tilapia was also abundant in the local markets as a result of the dispersal program of the government. Diwal shells were still available in the market .
Fish unloadings in the different municipal fish landing centers of Guimaras continued as a result of fine weather. Harvesting of brackishwater fishpond in Nueva Valencia, Sibunag and Buenavista was also noted.
In Zarraga, Iloilo about 930,000 pieces vannamei fingerlings were stocked in a 3.10 hectares of fishpond. Still in Zarraga, about 2,500 kilos of vannamei were harvested from a fishpond area of 0.80 hectare. For commercial fisheries, about 40,000 kilograms of roundscad (galunggong) were unloaded at Miag-ao, Iloilo.
Adequate supply of fishery products such as shrimps and crabs in different market outlets was noted in Negros Occidental.
4. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
Yellow fin tuna "Bantalaan" unloaded in Pandan, Antique was sold at a producer price of P100.00 per kilogram.
In Capiz, shells remained relatively cheap at P60.00-P80.00 per kilogram.
More supply of carabao mango was noted in the different markets of Iloilo with retail prices of P25.00 to P30.00 per kilogram. Vannamei was sold at a farmgate price of P220.00 per kilogram and roundscads at P65.00 per kilogram. Still in Iloilo, price of hog liveweight in Janiuay Auction Market ranged from P82.00 to P85.00 per kilogram.
In Negros Occidental, price of palay fresh decreased by P2.00 per kilogram because of poor quality of grains brought by lack of water. The price of sugar (centrifugal) slightly increased due to the decline in harvest/supply.
5. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
In Aklan, inauguration of the newly rehabilitated Panakuyan River NIS and launching of the Payao Project in Ibajay were held last June 14, 2010.
About 3,361 bags of subsidized certified palay seeds were distributed by the Office of Provincial Agriculturist in Antique to 17 municipalities of the province.
A new marine sanctuary was recently established in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. The launching of the Igang Bay Marine Sanctuary was spearheaded by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) which will co-manage the sanctuary together with the local government unit of Nueva Valencia, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) that will extend technical assistance. This marine sanctuary was located at barangay Poblacion, Nueva Valencia with a total area of 28.03 hectares and a buffer zone of 25 meters surrounding the area. It covered portions of barangays Poblacion, Igang, Pandaraonan, Sto. Domingo, Magamay and Dolores where 500 fisherfolks were dependent on fishing in the area. Alternative livelihood will be taught to the affected families who are dependent on fishing.
In Iloilo, the on-going construction of Passi City Slaughterhouse was noted. This is the Cold Storage Section for the accreditation from "AA" abattoir to "AAA" abattoir.
Still in Iloilo, the distribution of certified seeds was going on in the different municipalities. About 2,215 bags were already distributed to 1,334 farmer beneficiaries. In Leganes, Iloilo, a total of 60 bags of palay hybrid seeds was already distributed. In Dumangas, the LGU had given 58 bags of organic salt to 34 coconut farmers. Likewise, 109 bags of organic fertilizer were distributed to 11 farmers and were sold at P100 per bag.
In Negros Occidental, the Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Management Council (MFARC) in Pulupandan initiated a mangrove planting activity of 2,000 seedlings. This was participated in by the BFAR Regional Office, OPA, LGU, PEMO, Bantay Dagat, Fisherfolk and residents of Brgy. Culo.
Still in Negros Occidental, a rice mill owned/managed by a multi purpose coop in Manapla town was inaugurated recently. It was attended by representatives from CDA, PHILRICE, JICA, OPA, LGU, as member of PART/MPC (Partnership in Agriculture for Rural Transformation). During the inauguration, a thresher was also turned over to the said MPC.
The National Irrigation Administration- BRIS in Negros Occidental opened its operation last June 4, 2010. However, during the first week of operation, water was rationed to Valladolid and San Enrique towns only.
In Valladolid, Negros Occidental., the Department of Agrarian Reform, local goverment., officers and members of the ARB's Multi-Purpose Cooperative entered into a memorandum of agreement for the implementation of Agrarian Reform Community Project 2 Agriculture and Enterprise Development Component. This was implemented in Bacolod City and aimed to establish a demo farm to showcase innovative agricultural technologies in crops, poultry and livestock, natural and organic farming.
6. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
A one day training on rice and native chicken production for Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Cooperators was held in OSCA Building, Hamtic, Antique last June 10â€"11, 2010 attended by 30 CPAR Cooperators. This was conducted by OPA, LGU Hamtic and DA BAR.
The OPA and PhilRice (Negros Occ.) called a meeting of MAOs and other partner agencies regarding the planned conduct of a study on palay farming in the province. Another orientation was called by the DTI on the conduct of a study on the Value Chain of Fishery products in Capiz.
Still in Negros Occidental, a training on Capability Enhancement for the Development of Sustainable Corn Based Farming System was held recently at Kabankalan City. Twenty (20) farmers from the city brgys., and agricultural technicians from the towns of Isabela and Ilog attended the training which aimed to help farmers achieve higher productivity and enhance their leadership and capabilities. This was in collaboration of the City Government of Kabankalan, Negros State College of Agriculture, Dept. of Agriculture-Region VI Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, WESVARDEC, and the Agricultural Training Institute.
7. WEATHER SITUATION
Hot and sunny days prevailed in the region during the first few days of the month. However, the occurrence of rainshowers and thunderstorm started during the 2nd half of the month. Light to moderate rains often occurred especially in the evening and early morning in most parts of the region giving farmers the opportunity to prepare their farms for early planting.