In the central and southern parts of Isabela, land preparation, planting of palay and terminal planting of corn were in progress.
In Quirino, 14,120 hectares were planted to yellow corn and 60 hectares were planted to white corn.
In the Agri-Pinoy rice assessment report as of June 22, 2012, 2,250 hectares were planted in irrigated areas covered by the Addalam River Irrigation Project and part of the NIA-MARIIS in Quirino. Twenty (20) hectares were planted in rainfed areas and 85 hectares in upland areas.
In Gamu, Isabela, 83 hectares were planted to sugarcane. In San Mariano, planting continued where the Ecofuel Plant was located.
In Cagayan, in support of the "5 in 2" program of the DA, transplanting was underway for NIA irrigated palay areas. For areas served by private pumps, seed sowing and land preparation were simultaneously done.
Still in Cagayan, second fruiting of carabao mango was noted. Yield of Indian mango dwindled as rains affected the fruit development stage.
In Nueva Vizcaya, 2,000 kilograms of young ginger (with stem) were harvested in two (2) municipalities.
In Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya, 6 hectares of upland farms were planted to palay.
2. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY
In Saguday, Quirino, another building was constructed for broiler production and was stocked with 17,000 birds to be harvested in the coming month.
In Cagayan, unloading of yellow fin, tanigue, frimbriated tuna and frigate tuna was noted in municipal landing centers.
In Isabela, some fishermen concentrated on catching swamp eel due to favorable price and high demand for the species during the first quarter.
In Quirino, five (5) fishcages were constructed at the Pusuac Water Impounding. These were stocked with 15,000 pieces of tilapia fingerlings. Likewise, the grow-out area was stocked with 6,000 pieces of tilapia and carp (burasi) fingerlings were also stocked.
4. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
In Isabela and Cagayan, prices of livestock and poultry were stable.
In Cagayan, prices of most commodities were stable.
In Nueva Vizcaya, wholesale buying prices of habitchuelas, sweet peas and carrots increased by 80-100 percent with limited supply at the Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal (NVAT) Trading Center.
5. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
In Cagayan, transport of agricultural products was affected since the Magapit Suspension Bridge in Lallo was undergoing general repair. Thus, the means of transportation was thru ferry boat.
In Ilagan, Isabela, the 2nd Farmers' Congress was held with the participation of Provincial Government Officials. Assistance such as insurance, healthcare and scholarship benefits were given to sons/daughters of selected farmers having an area of 0.50-1.00 hectare. Loan assistance for marginalized farmers and livelihood loans for cooperatives, associations and selected indigent individuals were also provided. This was replicated in different municipalities of the province through local government units (LGUs).
6. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
In Nueva Vizcaya, the DA-LGU of Kasibu established a farmer-managed nursery in Barangay Muta with 820 seedlings of tissue-cultured banana.
The Training on Organic Farming was continuously undertaken in Cagayan in support to the Organic Farming Program of the DA. In addition, municipal LGUs distributed earthworms to farmer-cooperators for vermiculture production.
In San Manuel, Isabela, the three-day Training on Organic Agriculture was conducted by the DA-LGU. Among those who attended the training were the MAFC, BAFC, IA, farmers, NGOs and officials of different cooperatives.
7. WEATHER SITUATION
Fair and cloudy skies with scattered rains and rainshowers due to typhoons and low pressure area in the Philippine area of responsibility prevailed.