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Monthly Regional Agricultural Situation Report

NORTHERN MINDANAO: August, 2011

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1. CROPS
  • Low harvest of lanzones was expected in Camiguin during the month due to unfavorable weather condition. Adequate supply of some vegetables like native pechay, stringbeans, ampalaya and camote was attributed to increasing number of local growers.
2. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY
  • Inflow of cattle and carabao from Zamboanga provinces, Cotabato and Lanao del Sur was noted in Lanao del Norte. Supply of broiler chicken, both live and dressed came from Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental.
3. FISHERIES
  • In Camiguin, area planted to seaweeds increased in Mantigue and this was brought about by the attractive buying prices of cottonii and spinosum (dried). There was also high demand for fresh green spinosum for food processing.
  • Scarce supply of fish in Lanao del Norte was noted due to lesser number of fishing trips caused by weather disturbance or Inter Tropical Convergence Zone.
  • Adequate supply of tamban, galunggong and matangbaka was reported in Misamis Oriental. Supply and price of bangus mostly from Balingasag mariculture remained stable.
  • Tulingan, tambakol and dilis were not in season in Misamis Occidental.
4. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
  • Prevailing retail prices of sweet bell pepper and Hawaiian ginger in Camigiun market decreased by about P10.00 to P20.00 per kilogram compared to previous months. Abundant local supply and inflow from nearby provinces caused the sharp fall in prices. On the other hand, prevailing retail prices of habitchuelas increased by P10.00 per kilogram due to lesser supply from other provinces.
  • Prices of most agricultural products in Misamis Oriental were stable compared to previous month ‘s levels except for sweet pepper and cucumber which showed lower prices. Inflow of sweet pepper from Bukidnon and increased cucumber production from Balingasag and Cagayan de Oro City caused price decline. On the contrary, higher price of cabbage was noted due to the shipment or outflow to Luzon.
  • In Lanao del Norte, prices of vegetables, fruits, beef, chevon, dressed chicken (broiler) and fishery products posted slight increases over last month's records because of the observance of Ramadan.
  • Sufficient supply of vegetables and fruits was visible at the public markets of Iligan City since there were inflows from Cagayan de Oro City, Bukidnon, Davao and Cotabato City.
  • Farmgate prices of palay dropped in Misamis Occidental from P16.00 to P15.50 per kilogram and this attributed to more harvest in Clarin and Tudela. Those of corn declined from P17.00 to P16.00 per kilogram because of more local harvest and inflow from nearby provinces. Market prices for livestock, poultry and some vegetables like carrot, white potato, eggplant, tomato, mongo, red onion, squash and Cebu gabi were still stable and supply was abundant. Marked-up market prices were noted for cabbage, ginger, habitchuelas and Baguio pechay due to off-harvest season.

 

5. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
  • The Provincial Veterinary Office of Camiguin conducted the 2nd batch of massive vaccination in the municipalities of Mahinog and Mambajao. It also included deworming, castration and vaccination of hemorrhagic septicemia for large animals and hog cholera for swine. On the other hand, BFAR-X donated P4.6 million worth of One Liquid Quick Freezer to LGU-Mambajao, Camiguin for marine products with a capacity of 2.0 metric tons.
  • Rehabilitation/improvement of Panghiawan farm to market road in Camiguin was completed with a total budget of P919,035.15.
  • In Lanao del Norte, vegetable seed distribution was on-going from the Department of Agriculture 4P's beneficiaries "Pangpatawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program".
  • Construction of the Dr. Ambrosio Saavedra Memorial Complex (Wet Market) was on-going in Maranding, Lala, Lanao del Norte with an estimated area of 53 x 35 square meters. It started last June 1, 2011 and will be completed within a year. It will incur a total cost of P25, 937,995.25.
  • Rehabilitation of national road in Lanao Norte along Tambacan road to Tubod national highway junction was implemented by DPWH and was contracted under the Jacinto Gerona Construction. The project started last July 14, 2011 and will be completed at year end. Funding cost was estimated at P19,377,220.56 from GAA 2011.
  • In Misamis Oriental, the Bulua Fruits and Vegetable Landing Center was officially opened last August 8, 2011 with about 200 vegetable traders were transferred from the Agora Landing Center. This center serves as the drop off point for vegetables locally grown and coming from Bukidnon. It is a convergence area to traders wishing to transact volumes of vegetables.
  • Foreign investors visited Misamis Oriental seeking opportunities for agri-industrial investments. The delegation was composed of eight (8) companies primarily engaged in agri-business. The visit was part of the on-going Phil-Korean Agri-Investment Road Show aimed at enticing Korean investors to invest at the proposed Multi-Industry Cluster sites in the province as pilot area of the project. Its components are production and processing of various agricultural products. The proposed production site will be in Bulahan, Tipolohon, Parmbugas, Malagana, Pelaez, Aposkahoy, Mat-I, Sta. Cruz, Hinaplanan and Anei Claveria. The proposed processing site will be in Mohon, Tagoloan.
  • The municipality of Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental celebrated its 82nd Foundation Day Anniversary last August 10-12, 2011. Agro-fair was one of the most highlighted events showcasing the town's prime agricultural products. Fifteen (15) barangays participated in and competed for the said activity. Booths were installed to promote and display their respective agricultural products.
  • Still in Misamis Oriental, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro City received six (6) brand new hand tractors from the congressional allocation of the second district of the province. It will be distributed to different palay barangays of Cagayan de Oro City.
  • In Misamis Occidental, construction of the access road of Panguil Bay Bridge from Silanga to Labuyo road and improvement of road from Silanga to Tan Avenue were completed with an estimated total cost of P38,585,956.95.
  • The Damulog Municipal Agriculture Office in Bukidnon enhanced the "Plant Now Pay Later" program, designed to provide planting materials and technical assistance to farmers in support of the promotion and implementation of GMA-HVCCP, enabling farmers to plant crops even they lack capital outlay as well as information needed to look and secure for recommended high genetic quality planting materials. The LGU purchased 75,000 pieces of rubber seedlings worth P460,000.00. It was allocated for 150 to 200 farmer-beneficiaries with total planting area of 150 hectares. Payments will be collected after five-years or five year period installment basis.
  • In Malaybalay, Bukidnon, the four (4) barangays affected by flash flood last May 15, 2011 were given seed assistance (palay, corn and vegetables) by LGU-City Agriculture Office. These were barangays San Jose, Meglamin, Maligaya and Linabo.
  • Last August 5, 2011, P2 million calamity fund was turned over to the municipality of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon by Governor Alex P. Calingasan to assist calamity victims last May 25, 2011.
6. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
  • The Seaweed Planters Meeting and Reorganization was held last August 2, 2011 at the Municipal Agriculture Office in Mahinog, Camiguin and was attended by 33 seaweed farmers.
  • A Strategic Planning and Policy Information (SPPI) was conducted by NIA last August 2-5, 2011 in Kapatagan, Lanao Norte, with 78 farmers from four (4) barangays. The Farmers Information Technology Services (FITS) together with Maranding Women Investors Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MWIPC) conducted the Community Based Organization Seminar last August 3-5, 2011 at the MWIPC Training Center of Lala, participated by sixty farmers. Training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) was held last August 11-12, 2011 at the Macapagal Training Center of Tubod. This was attended by 110 farmers and conducted by the Office of Provincial Agriculture and Office of Provincial Community Affairs.
  • The 5th Southern Philippines Meat and Livestock Show was held last August 22-27, 2011 at the MANRESA Farms, Cagayan de Oro City with the theme, "Promoting Homegrown Food". The livestock featured were bird, fish, goat, sheep, swine and other exotic animals. There was also meat processing demonstration on commercial competitive products, rural organic native meats, wet market products and urban quality food safety.
  • The Misamis Oriental Provincial Operations Center conducted PMAS Consultative Meeting last August 12, 2011 at Lanesi, Claveria. This was participated in by farmers from the four (4) barangays of Claveria - Lanesi, Panampawan, Luna and Mat-i. It was also attended by a DA technician and five staff from the BAS Central Office.
  • The LGU of Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental launched the Food Production Program in the barangays of Buenavista, Dolipos Bajo/Alto, Upper Rizal and Binuangan. The recipients of the said activity were provided with seeds, fertilizers and plowing of farmland.
  • The City Agriculture Office in Malaybalay, Bukidnon was conducting Farmer's Field School (FFS) for vegetable growers in Barangay San Jose and Barangay 1. It started last July 2011 and will end in October 2011, with 30 participants in each barangay.

 

7. WEATHER SITUATION
  • Generally, the region experienced sunny to cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers to occasional heavy rains especially in late afternoon and evening due to the effect of Inter Tropical Convergence Zone.
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