In Rizal, there was continuous planting of melon and watermelon in Pililia, Tanay, Baras and Teresa.
About 42 hectares of land were planted to Cavendish banana in Barangays Alipit and Ibabang Butnong, Magdalena, Laguna. This area was being contracted by DOLE. • In Batangas, there was an initial harvesting of turnips in a 30-hectare area in Barangay Balimbing, Calaca.
In Quezon, planting of eggplant and ampalaya was on-going while palay farms were mostly on vegetative and reproductive stages.
2. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY
Limited supply of hog and poultry production was noted in Batangas.
In Quezon, there was a decreasing backyard swine inventory due to continuous increase in the price of commercial feeds.
Some poultry raisers in Cavite reported high mortality rate for broiler harvested for January and February because of extreme cold weather.
In Rizal, steady supply of meat and poultry products was noted and there was no outbreak of pests and diseases.
Tilapia production in the fish cages of Tiaong and Dolores, Quezon decreased since most fishes harvested were under weight because of cold weather.
In Laguna, more fishing trips were noted as the lake water remained calm. Species usually caught were tilapia, bangus, gurami, kanduli and big head carp. For aquaculture, some pens and cages were under rehabilitation.
In Cavite, 33,000 tilapia fingerlings were dispersed to three (3) aquaculture growing barangays of Tanza.
4. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
In Cavite, retail prices of vegetables dropped with increased production. However, prices of lowland vegetables were high because of limited supply.
In Quezon, price per kilogram of copra increased from last month's price of P38.00 to P40.00 this month. Matured nut was priced P1.00 higher per kilogram from the previous month's record (P10.00 to P11.00) due to lower production as a result of prolonged dry season last year.
In Rizal, supply of vegetables was sufficient and prices were stable.
5. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
In Cavite, the Department of Agriculture reported that in February 2011, they have distributed 556 bags of certified seeds (CS) to 292 farmer-beneficiaries under the Rapid Seed Supply Financing Project (RaSSFIP).
To maintain the cleanliness at Taal Lake, Batangas, about 1,000 cages were to be demolished in the municipalities of Talisay, Balete and Laurel as per advance information from BFAR .
In Laguna, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist distributed 10,000 seedlings of Robusta coffee to Barangay San Antonio, Kalayaan.
The Land Bank of the Philippines (Laguna Branch) allocated P50M in food supply chain program to small farmers and fisherfolk by providing them financial and technical support. The program will link them with mandated clients-cooperative farmers' organization with existing agriculture, fishery and livestock production, one of which is the implementation of Integrated Dairy Cattle Project.
In Quezon, massive artificial insemination of female carabao was conducted in all barangays of Lucban. This was spearheaded by the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in cooperation with LGU Lucban.
Coco-seedlings were distributed in the different municipalities of 3rd and 4th districts of Quezon covering 384.4 hectares of coconut areas under the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Congressman Suarez.
The LGUs thru the DA-RFU IVA continuously distributed vegetable seeds to the farmers in Rizal.
6. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
A seminar on "Pagtatanim ng Kalamansi" was conducted and participated in by 15 farmers and Agricultural Techincians of Calauag, Quezon held at the MAO's Office in Calauag last February 16, 2011. The seminar was conducted by the Jollibee Foundation.
In Batangas, a second level provincial training on Agri-Pinoy Organic Farming was held at Los Banos, Laguna last Feb. 15-18, 2011. It was participated in by 30 participants from the municipalities of Taysan, Tanauan City, Calaca and Lobo.
7. WEATHER SITUATION
Generally, the region experienced fair weather with cloudy skies mostly in the afternoon. Scattered rainfall occurred during the last few days of the month. Cold wind was felt early morning and evening.