In Occidental Mindoro, 53 percent of the 60,744 hectares of irrigated and rainfed palay areas were already harvested. On the other hand, 410 hectares of palay on maturing stage were partially damaged by typhoon Ofel. The production loss was worth P4,059,000.00 based on the prevailing farmgate price.
In Oriental Mindoro, peak harvesting of palay was noted. About 19,330.40 mt. of palay worth P289, 955,700.00 and 34,293 mt. of banana worth P231,820,680.00 were lost because of damages brought by typhoon Ofel in Bongabong, Bansud, Pinamalayan, Pola and Socorro.
In Marinduque, harvesting of palay and other agricultural crops such as amplaya, stringbeans, squash, and okra were carried out in different municipalities.
In Romblon, harvesting of palay was 60 percent completed. Land preparation and planting for second cropping were immediately undertaken in Odiongan, Looc, and San Andres as rains were adequate. Planting and harvesting of coconut and banana were noted. Production significantly improved.
In Narra, Palawan, harvesting of palay was on its peak.
In Occidental Mindoro, volume of production of milkfish in brackishwater fishponds increased with continuous harvests of operators on account of heavy rains brought by typhoon Ofel and the northeast monsoon.
In Marinduque, supply of fish and other marine products, especially, laguidlid, tulingan, galunggong, alumahan, tilapia, and bangus was adequate.
In Romblon, supply of marine products was limited as fishing operations were hampered by the southwest monsoon and typhoons Marcy, Nina, and Ofel. Thus, trading of bangus increased.
3. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
In Occidental Mindoro, retail price of red onion (Bermuda) increased from P90.00-P100.00 to P100.00-P110.00 per kilogram with decreasing local stock. Likewise, retail prices of vegetables produced in the province increased because of decreased harvest and fewer deliveries.
In Oriental Mindoro, prices of rambutan and durian dropped owing to abundant supply. Similarly, prices of locally-produced vegetables decreased with sufficient supply. On the other hand, retail prices of marine fishes went up due to lower supply because of rough seas. Prices of meat products were stable.
In Marinduque, supply of meat and poultry products was sufficient.
In Romblon, prices of marine products increased with lower supply. On the other hand, prices of banana and coconut (nut and copra) decreased because of higher production.
In Palawan, prices of most agricultural commodities were stable on account of higher supply from different municipalities of the province.
4. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
In Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, a fun-run was held last October 4, 2012, as part of the first anniversary celebration of Fish Sanctuary. Students from different schools in the city and the management of the Harka Piloto Sanctuary and Silonay Mangrove Areas participated in the event.
In Brooke's Point, Palawan, seaweed seedlings were dispersed by the DA-LGU to qualified farmers in Balacan, Pangobilian.
In Occidental Mindoro, concreting of the West Coast Road (Transcentral road) in Calintaan, Sablayan and Sta. Cruz was still on-going.
In Boac, Marinduque, construction of the farm-to-market road in Barangays Laylay and Ihatub was implemented by the Provincial Government.
In Romblon, the newly-constructed Calatrava Public Market was already operational. This is a big marketing breakthrough for local producers. It provided a bigger and more convenient trading place for their products.
In Palawan, the Nali CIS project was completed which will serve 30 hectares of palay areas in Panitian, Quezon. On the other hand, the Malaking Patag Small Irrigation Project (SIP) in Malaking Patag, Culion was 95 percent completed. The new SIP of NIA will serve 200 hectares of palay areas.
5. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
In San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, the Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council (PAFC) meeting was attended by different government agencies and non-government organizations last October 30, 2012, at San Jose Farmers Training Center, Municipal Agriculturist Office. The agenda was the RAFC 25th anniversary celebration in Sablayan.
In Oriental Mindoro, the Training on Organic Farming on Tilapia was conducted last October 2-3, 2012, in Merit, Victoria with 30 fishpond operators as participants and in Pag-asa, Bansud with 27 fishpond operators as participants.
Still in Oriental Mindoro, the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) conducted the Training on Rubber Production at the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Barcenaga, Naujan on October 9-10, 2012, with 40 participants from the 11 municipalities of the province. The basic cultural management on rubber production was discussed. Likewise, Deputation of Bantay Lawa (Naujan Lake) was held in Merit, Victoria with 30 fisherfolk as participants. The objective of the deputation was to establish Bantay Lawa officials to strictly implement the different rules on fishing in Naujan Lake.
In Buenavista, Marinduque, the Livelihood Training on Fish and Meat Processing sponsored by Congressman Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco was held last October 12-13, 2012.
The 21st Philippine Statistics Quiz Provincial Elimination was held at Marinduque State College - Boac Campus last October 23, 2012, which was facilitated by the National Statistics Office (NSO). The participants were freshmen students from different institutions in the province.
In Palawan, the Basic Fishery Law Enforcement Training was conducted at Mt. Maruyog Farm and Garden in Brooke's Point last October 2-4, 2012, with 32 participants from the municipalities of Roxas, Aborlan, Narra and Brooke's Point.
The training was sponsored by BFAR-RFU IV-B in coordination with different agencies like United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Grains Production Enhancement Program (GPEP), Sulu-Celebes Sea-Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SCS-SFMP), National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) and BFAR Palawan.
The Onion and Garlic Production Technology Training was conducted in Barangay Oring-oring, Brooke's Point, Palawan last October 25, 2012, with 25 vegetable farmers as participants. The PAO and the DA-LGU sponsored the training.
6. WEATHER SITUATION
Sunny to rainy weather prevailed throughout the region. The sunny weather during the second and third week favored palay harvesting while rains brought by typhoons Marcy, Nina and Ofel greatly benefited palay farmers who are into land preparation and planting for second cropping.