In Albay, harvesting of palay started at the1st District. Harvesting of corn was delayed due to late planting.
In Camarines Sur, 95 percent of irrigated palay farms serviced by NAI-CIS in Goa, San Jose and Lagonoy were harvested owing to good weather condition.
In Masbate, harvesting of corn was almost over. Land preparation started although some were already with planting. On the other hand, palay farmers awaited heavy rains to be able to undertake land preparations. Supply of leafy vegetables and fruits was abundant.
2. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY
In Masbate, supply of meat products in the public markets was sufficient. However, supply of marine products was inadequate and demand was high.
In Camarines Sur, fishing efforts dropped because of increased fuel prices.
In Masbate, inflow of tilapia and bangus from Camarines Sur and Lucena was noted. Crown-B Agro imported one (1) million pieces of live milkfish fries from Bali, Indonesia for fishpens in Masbate Mariculture Park, Kinamaliga, a major supplier of bangus, sugpo and tilapia.
In Sorsogon, shellfish scare was over due to zero red tide pronouncement by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
Influx of common shells such as mussels, oysters, blocks cockles and pen shells was observed in the market of Masbate City.
4. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
In Albay, price per kilogram of hog liveweight increased from P85.00-P90.00 to P90.00- P95.00 in response to the presence of viajeros. Prices of temperate and some locally-grown vegetables decreased due to sufficient supply. Prices of cereals and meat products were stable. Prices per kilogram of green and ripe tomatoes increased from P10.00-P20.00 to P24.00-P35.00 and P22.00-P35.00, respectively, as a result of high demand in Naga City Market. Price ranges of Hawaiian ginger moved from P10.00-P30.00 to P20.00-P22.00 and that of habitchuelas, from P30.00-P45.00 to P28.00-P40.00.
In Sorsogon, price per kilogram of calamansi went up from P55.00 to P100.00. Supply came from Batangas and Davao.
5. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
In Sorsogon, rice stocks at the National Food Authority (NFA) warehouses are expected to last for 23 days while those at commercial warehouses are expected to last for 12 days according to the NFA Administrator. Current rice stocks are expected to rise as harvesting of palay ends.
In Camarines Sur, the Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAO) in Bagumbayan conducted iron injections to 58 head of piglets last April 12, 2012. The MAO in Sipocot conducted vaccination for large cattle against hemorrhagic septicemia.
The DA-LGU of Sangay, Camarines Sur encouraged 4Ps recipients to plant vegetables in their respective backyards to augment their incomes.
The Masbate City Government constructed a 3-kilometer farm-to-market road from Barangay Nursery to Barangay Tugbo which would facilitate transport of people and goods to Masbate from barangays in the area and vice-versa. A 1.5-kilometer Spanish government-funded irrigation project will benefit farmers in Barangay Sta. Ana, Gubat. Spain's Agencia Españalo Cooperacion Internacional para Desarallo (AECID) was the sponsoring agency.
6. WEATHER SITUATION
Sunny weather interspersed with occasional rainshowers prevailed over the region. Very hot weather was experienced during the day.