In South Cotabato, 80 percent of corn farms were harvested in Banga and Norala. Corn areas in T'boli, Lake Sebu, Surrallah, Tupi and Polomolok were on hard dough to maturity stages.
In North Cotabato, peak harvesting of upland palay was noted in Alamada, Banisilan, Matalam and Arakan. Harvested area was 2,015 hectares with a total production of 4,142 mt. Peak harvesting of white and yellow corn was also noted in Alamada, Antipas and Arakan. Likewise, peak harvesting of rambutan, durian and marang was observed in Makilala, Magpet and Kidapwan City.
In Pres. Roxas, North Cotabato, six (6) hectares were planted to soybeans under the High Value Crops Production Program of the DA-RFU XII.
Still in North Cotabato, 12 hectares were planted to coffee in selected barangays of Carmen and Kabacan. This is 15 percent of the target area to be planted in the province.
2. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
Average buying price of rubber cup lump dropped from P46.25 to P46.00 per kilogram. Local price of cup lump is highly dependent on the world market.
In North Cotabato, retail prices of exotic fruits such as rambutan, durian and marang were low owing to peak harvest.
3. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) XII allocated 80,000 pieces of coffee seedlings from its National Greening Program (NGP) for the province of North Cotabato.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR XII) pushed for an annual ceiling of 165,000 mt. on combined tuna catches of local fishing companies of the region to restore declining tuna resources. BFAR XII implemented three (3) major steps to manage the region's depleting tuna catch which are: 1) reduction of fishing vessels; 2) reduction in the number of fishing days; and 3) adopting a closure season specially in known tuna spawning areas.
In Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat, the LGU released P1 million for the continuous improvement and development of its municipal nursery through the Bagumbayan Initiative for Rural Development (BIRD). The project focuses on propagation and production of rubber, oil palm, coffee and cacao seedlings. About 8,000 pieces of budded rubber seedlings were distributed to 16 farmer-beneficiaries; 768 pieces of oil palm seedlings to six (6) farmer-beneficiaries; and 4,180 pieces of cacao seedlings to five (5) farmer-beneficiaries under the Plant Now, Pay Later Scheme.
In Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, 226 farmers from different barangays of Katitisan, New Cebu, Udtong, Tinumegues, and Tumiao benefitted from the Vegetable Seeds Dispersal of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Project of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMA).
Still in Lambayong Sultan Kudarat, the DA-RFU XII through the OMA conducted techno demo farms in the following barangays to evaluate the adaptability of palay seeds and organic fertilizers.
o Barangay Kapingkong: six (6) hectares of inbred palay demo farm for adaptability test and three (3) hectares for organic farming techno demo; o Barangay Tambak: two (2) hectares of inbred palay techno demo farm; o Barangay Mamali: three (3) hectares of organic farming techno-demo of inbred palay; o Barangay Katitisan: three (3) hectares of organic farming techno-demo of inbred palay; and o New Cebu: half a hectare planted to various vegetable seeds using organic fertilizers. This was established by the RIC in preparation for the vegetable gardening contest for the incoming "Kalimudan Festival" in November 2012.
In Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, the DA-RFU XII through the OMA distributed 30 bags of OPV corn seeds and 60 bags of certified palay seeds (RC-158) in Barangay Udtong and ten (10) bags of OPV corn seeds and 90 bags of certified palay seeds (RC-158) in Tinumegues to 190 farmer-beneficiaries.
In Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat, the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) allocated P2.5 million for the following projects: dispersal of tilapia fingerlings worth of P250,000.00 to qualified fishpond operators in Barangay Biwang; distribution of rubber seedlings worth P250,000.00 in Barangay Titulok; and dispersal of rubber and oil palm seedlings worth P250,000.00 each to Barangays Saripang, Daluga, Montiverde, Sto. Niño, Sumilil, Poblacion, Kabulanan, and Kanulay. Sixty (60) percent of the allocation will come from the World Bank, 20 percent from the DA-RFU XII and 20 percent from the DA-LGU.
In Sultan Kudarat, BFAR XII through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) distributed 6,000 pieces of hito fingerlings and 11,000 pieces of bangus fries to qualified fishpond operators of Bagumbayan, Isulan, Esperanza, Lutayan, Sen. Ninoy Aquino and Lambayong. In Lambayong, 20,000 pieces of bangus fries were distributed in Barangay Lilit in line with BFAR's annual fingerlings dispersal program.
The OMA of Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat conducted Hemorrhagic Septicemia vaccination of 187 head of native caracows; 98 head of native carabulls; 12 head of crossbreed caracows and three (3) head of crossbreed carabulls.
In South Cotabato, two (2) new certified organic agriculture private firms were established, namely: Rovy Pine Corporation in Purok Malipayon, Silway 7, Polomolok and Felicidad Orchard and Garden with Organic in Conel Road, Katangawan, Gen. Santos City.
In North Cotabato, BFAR-Mindanao Freshwater Fishes Technology Center (MFFTC) in Kabacan distributed 50,000 pieces of tilapia fingerlings to 70 fishpond operators in President Roxas; 12,300 fingerlings to 41 operators in Matalam: and 81,000 fingerlings to 65 fishpond operators in Pigcawayan.
In Pres. Roxas, North Cotabato, three (3) fishpond operators received 2,500 pieces of hito fingerlings from BFAR XII and 3,000 pieces of tilapia fingerlings from the OPA.
In Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, BFAR XII distributed ten (10) gill nets and one (1) non-motorized banca for free to selected fishermen in Barangay Buricain.
In North Cotabato, the PCA XII in coordination with the OMA distributed salt and coconut seedlings for free to qualified coconut farmer-beneficiaries. In Matalam, 600 bags of salt were given. In Antipas, 200 bags of salt and 7,500 pieces of coconut seedlings were distributed to farmers whose coconut farms were infested by brontispa longgissima or coconut leaf beetle.
Still in North Cotabato, the DA-RFU XII through the LGU distributed 70 bags of certified palay seeds (RC 224 and RC 160) to Pres. Roxas and 350 bags of RC 212 and RC 214 to Kabacan. Likewise, the Municipal Government of Kabacan gave 250 bags of certified palay seeds (RC 226) to farmers.
In Tulunan, North Cotabato, two (2) Barangay Food Terminals (BFT) were opened last July 19 and 20, 2012 in La Esperanza and Tambac. Blessing ceremonies for both terminals were spearheaded by the OMA of Tulunan and key officials from DA-RFU XII. The DA-RFU XII appropriated P120,000.00 for each BFT.
4. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
In Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, the OMA conducted the Farmers' Field School (FFS) in Maligaya, Tambak, and Tinumegues. The FFS focused on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of palay and was attended by 25 to 35 farmer-participants from each barangay. Likewise, the OMA conducted the training on organic farming, particularly, on composting with 20 participants in Barangay Katitisan, 45 participants in New Cebu, 55 participants in Udtong, 55 participants in Tinumengues and 51 participants from the Lambayong National High School.
In South Cotabato, the Orientation and Organizational Meeting on the Regional Broiler and Swine Information and Early Warning System (RBSI-EWS) was launched last July 10, 2012 at the Aqua Frio Garden Resort. The DA-RFU XII was the lead agency of the project while the BAS XII was tasked with the implementation of the project with the guidance of the project leader and Chief of the BAS-LPSD Ms. Nenita Yanson. Dr. John B. Pascual is the AP-LP coordinator with RASO Felixberto P. Pacate of BAS XII as the Asst. Regional Coordinator. The training and orientation of the project shall be handled by SRTC led by Plenee Grace J. Castillo, Chief, Research and IT Division.
The 26th Foundation Anniversary and 13th T'nalak Festival were celebrated in South Cotabato. Agricultural and horticultural crops were displayed in the Productivity and Technology Center (PROTEC) for the two (2)-week celebration. Agricultural product exhibits and competitions held were as follows: Pinaka: "Malaki" na langka, "Maraming" na coco and banana per bunch, "Taas" na eggplant and stringbeans, and "Pinaka bigat" na corn ear.
In Malungon, Sarangani, ground breaking ceremony for the Malungon Dairy Processing Plant (MALCOBA) in Barangay Malalag Cogon was attended and witnessed by local officials of the province, staff from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Philippine Commission on Women. The plant is a component of the Sarangani Province Dairy Zone Project by Land O' Lakes Foundation Phils. Inc. (LOLPI), the National Dairy Authority (NDA), PLGU, LGU, DA-RFU XII and the USDA.
5. WEATHER SITUATION
Fair weather with cloudy skies and moderate to heavy rains brought by the tropical storm prevailed over the region.