In Aklan, 800 hectares of irrigated and rainfed palay were harvested. On the other hand, 92 hectares of corn are estimated to be harvested. Yield decreased on account of low pressure areas and monsoon rains.
In Capiz, farmers attained favorable harvest owing to sufficient irrigation. Land preparation and planting for second cropping were on-going in most parts of the province.
In Guimaras, massive harvesting of first crop palay was observed. Likewise, post-harvest activities such as threshing and drying were in progress. Favorable weather condition and low incidence of pests and diseases resulted in better production. Planting for the 2nd cropping season was also on-going. Farmers planted early in anticipation of El Niño.
In Negros Occidental, growth of palay and corn was vigorous.
Indian mango, rambutan, calamansi, and santol were harvested in Aklan.
In Iloilo, flower inducer was sprayed in carabao mango trees. Planting of one (1) hectare of tomatoes and two (2) hectares of okra was noted. Growth of palay, corn, sugarcane and vegetables was vigorous.
In Negros Occidental, supply of rambutan, mangosteen and marang increased because of peak harvesting.
2. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY
In Aklan, importing of cattle and hog prevailed. Supply of animals for slaughter came from Antique and Iloilo. Dressed chicken and chicken eggs were supplied by Capiz and Iloilo.
In Aklan, catch of marine fish was limited due to rough seas caused by the southwest monsoon and low pressure area.
In Antique, municipal and commercial fishing operations were constrained by the southwest monsoon (Habagat).
In Capiz, the high water level in rivers and creeks resulted in abundant catch of inland species and mollusks. Marine species and aquaculture products were also abundant in the market.
In Guimaras, volume of unloadings in municipal fish landing centers was limited due to unpredictable weather. Rough seas prevented fishermen from fishing.
In Iloilo, two (2) mt. of yellowfin tuna and 40 mt. of crevalle were unloaded in Guimbal. In Zarraga, three (3) mt. of vanamie were harvested in a 0.80-hectare fishpond. Likewise, 585 kilograms of African hito were harvested in a 0.1024 hectare of freshwater fishpond. Similarly, 0.050 hectare of fresh tilapia fishpond was harvested in the town of Cabatuan with an estimated production of 280 kilograms.
Still in Iloilo, 64 hectares of brackishwater fishpond were harvested with a total bangus production of 25.39 mt.
In Negros Occidental, supply of marine fish was low in different market outlets. Fishing trips were reduced due to repair of boats and fishing gears that were damaged during last months' typhoon. Volume of harvested bangus, tilapia and shrimps increased owing to higher demand in place of marine products.
4. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
In Antique, supply of banana (saba and latundan), kangkong, camote and gabi was stable.
In Capiz, supply of calamansi was abundant in the market. Ample supply of mango, lanzones, marang and rambutan was also noted.
In Guimaras, retail prices per kilogram of ripe carabao mango and green jackfruit increased from P70.00 to P80.00 and P40.00-P50.00 to P50.00-P60.00, respectively. Chayote prices increased from P40.00-P50.00 to P60.00 per kilogram with limited supply at the Jordan Food Terminal Market.
In Negros Occidental, farmgate price of corn decreased from P13.00 to P12.00 per kilogram.
5. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
In Antique, 74 sacks (40 kilograms per sack) of subsidized certified rice seeds (PSB RC 10, 14, 82 and NSIC RC 120) were released by the Department of Agriculture (DA) thru the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) and the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMA) of Culasi.
Still in Antique, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) of San Jose distributed 1,867 pieces of coco seednuts to different municipalities for planting.
In Iloilo, 153 sacks of certified seeds will be distributed to farmers through the Quick Turn Around (QTA) Program of the DA.
In Aklan, vaccination and artificial insemination of livestock were conducted by the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO). On the other hand, the PCA distributed salt fertilizers to coconut farmers.
In Batad, Iloilo, the local government unit (LGU) dispersed 13 head of swine and 3 head of goats to farmer-beneficiaries. Likewise, 45 head of swine were vaccinated with hog cholera vaccine. Similarly, 39 cattle and 14 goats were inoculated with hemorrhagic septicemia vaccine.
In Negros Occidental, the Provincial Government distributed 2,020 head of free-range chicken, 102 head of piglets, seven (7) egg machines that come with 48 head of ready-to-lay pullets and feeder, waterers, and 25 kilograms of feeds as part of the Negros First Animal Dispersal Program. Among the beneficiaries were rebel returnees, farmers, pastors and people's cooperatives from the cities of Bago, La Carlota, Talisay, Kabankalan, Victorias, San Carlos, Himamaylan and Sagay and from the towns of Binalbagan, Don Salvador Benedicto, Pulupandan, Isabela, Murcia, Hinoba-an, Taboso and Manapla.
The City Government of Roxas, Capiz opened the Farmers' Market last September 15-16, 2012, beside the City Hall where different barangays displayed their products like vegetables, fruits, fish (fresh and dried) for sale to the public.
In Iloilo, concreting of the road portion in Concepcion and San Dionisio was almost complete. The project was allotted with P13 million and will benefit farmers and fisherfolk in transporting their produce.
In Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, the Nabinay Overflow Bridge was inaugurated. The P2 million-project was funded by the Provincial Government and the Victorias Milling Company. The bridge will cut the travel time of trucks delivering sugarcane to Victorias Milling Company by 12 kilometers which is in time for the start of the 2012-2013 milling season. About 50,000-100,000 mt. of canes were transported using the Nabinay Bridge during the milling season.
6. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
The third level training for the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) was conducted in Sampaguita Gardens in New Washington, Aklan. This was attended by the LGUs, MAROs, NSO and other partner agencies including BAS. Meanwhile, the fourth level training was on-going and was attended by barangay captains and barangay secretaries.
The one (1)-day seminar on Techno Clinic was attended by 200 farmers and partner agency representatives last September 11, 2012, at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Sebaste, Antique. The seminar was conducted by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) together with partner agencies like the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the National Food Authority (NFA). Discussed during the seminar were climate change, vermi composting, livestock production and natural farming system (NFS).
The NSO, DILG, DA and other government agencies conducted the third level training on RSBSA on September 10-13, 2012, at the Kapis Mansions Hotel in Roxas City, Capiz. The Farmers' Field School (FFS) on Palay Check was undertaken by the LGU of Batad, Iloilo. A total of 43 farmers will graduate on October 12, 2012.
In Negros Occidental, the PVO trained 42 para-veterinarians from 11 LGUs who will conduct animal health extension services in remote areas in their communities. The new paravets are replacements for those who are inactive. They were trained on veterinary extension services, clinical diagnosis, familiarization on common poultry and livestock diseases, swine management and nutrition, procedures on emergency cases, proper drug withdrawal and administration, vaccination and vitamin supplements. In La Granja, La Carlota City, the two (2)-day training at the Paravet Academy allowed participants to conduct hands-on vaccination and deworming.
Still in Negros Occidental, elementary and high school teachers were trained on vegetable production using organic and natural farming for implementation in schools through the "Gulayan sa Paaralan Project (GPP)"of the DA. The training aims to promote organic vegetable production, teach students healthy living, promote vegetable consumption and address malnutrition problems at the school level. The DA also provided garden inputs such as 11 kinds of vegetable seeds, garden tools, spades, spading forks, sprinklers, trowels, tree seedlings, plastic potting bags, and other gardening equipment that the school needs. The GPP is a project of the DA, in partnership with the OPA and DepEd-Negros Occidental.
PASO Joely M. Cabarles attended the four (4)-day 3rd level training for the RSBSA conducted by the NSO. In Negros Occidental, 662 barangays will be enumerated from October 7, 2012, to November 7, 2012.
Three (3) Negros Occidental staff: Rezilyn P Infante, Rodrigo P. Gawal, Jr. and Azucena E. Delicano, attended the awarding ceremony and appreciation lunch for BSP Stakeholders on September 4, 2012, at the Days Hotel in Iloilo City to receive the award/recognition of BAS, Negros Occidental POC as the "Best Information Source for the Report on Regional Economic Developments-Region-VI". Other contenders were BAS-ROC VI, NEDA Region VI, BFAR-Negros Occidental, OPA-Negros Occidental, PVO Negros Occidental and NSO-Negros Occidental. The awarding ceremony is an annual nationwide undertaking and is an initiative of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) is consistently recognized as one of the best information sources nationwide.
7. WEATHER SITUATION
Cloudy skies with scattered light to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms were experienced during afternoon to early morning over the region. Coastal waters were slight to moderately rough at times.