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Monthly Regional Agricultural Situation Report

CENTRAL VISAYAS: February, 2013

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1. CROPS
  • In Bohol, 1,380 coffee seedlings (robusta) and 25,000 cacao seedlings were planted in Carmen and Loboc, respectively.
  • In Loboc, Bohol, three (3) greenhouses with an area of 0.006 hectare was planted with cabbage. A total of 130 kilograms of honeydew was harvested from another greenhouse.
  • In Omjon, Valencia, Bohol, palay areas on reproductive stage were infested by black bug. Light trapping was undertaken by agricultural technicians from the Valencia LGU.
  • In Sikatuna, Bohol, 2,500 seedlings of Jathropa were planted.
  • In Subangdaku, Mandaue City, Cebu, a two-hectare idle land owned by Telecommunication Office was utilized as a vegetable garden. Vegetables in the garden were grown organically using vermi compost, cow manure and chicken dung.
  • In Cebu, 0.30 hectare area was planted with musk melon in Li-ong, Dumanjug. In Malolos, Barili, 350 kilograms of mango were harvested. In Barangay Guba, 2,000 kilograms of mango (carabao) were harvested. In Dakit, Barili, crop rotation of 1.00 hectare farm from corn to peanut was practiced.
  • In Negros Oriental, sugarcane harvesting and milling operations for raw sugar and ethanol production continued throughout the period.
  • Still in Negros Oriental, sugarcane on the vegetative stage indicated vigorous growth due to sufficient rainfall. However, mangoes on flowering stage were affected by on and off rain coupled with northeast wind gustiness causing flowers to fall down. Nevertheless, most crops were generally able grow better, especially, coconut and bananas.
  • In Canlaon City, Vallehermoso and Ayungon, Negros Oriental, more than 50 hectares of corn were affected by strong wind during reproductive stage that resulted into lower yield.
  • Irrigation water supply on tail end paddies in Barangays Panubigan, Mabigo and Binalbagan, Canlaon City was in critical level over the period. About 35 hectares were already affected.
  • In Barangays Lunga and Bongbong, Valencia, Negros Oriental, harvesting of lanzones, mangosteen and durian at minimal volume was on-going. About 2.30 hectares of palay were harvested in Barangay Tugas, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental with an average yield of 80 sacks of 46 kilograms per sack. Lesser yield was observed compared with previous harvest due to rat infestation. In Barangay Luca, Tanjay City, 64 hectares were planted with palay of different varieties namely: RC 94, RC 216, RC 214, RC 222, RC 212, RC 128, UNSU 15 and Basmate known as "wonder rice." Of these total areas, 35 hectares were in vegetative stage, 18 hectares in reproductive stage, 11.0 hectares in maturing stage.
  • In Siquijor, the total area planted to palay was 309 hectares of which 159 hectares were on maturing stage, and 150 hectares, on reproductive stage. No harvesting was observed for corn. A total of 490 hectares of corn (white) was already in maturing stage while 265 hectares were in reproductive stage.
2. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY
  • In Siquijor, shipment of livestock and poultry (chicken, native/improved) outside the province was undertaken by viajeros. Importation of chicken egg, other breed from Cebu and Negros Oriental was observed to supplement the deficit supply in the province.
3. FISHERIES
  • In Macaas, Tubigon, Bohol, a fishcage with an area of 100 square meter harvested 400 kilograms of milkfish.
  • In Yanangan, Loay, Bohol, Municipal Fish Landing Center unloaded about 200 kilograms of fish.
  • In Negros Oriental, fish catch in the municipal seawaters was limited. This was triggered by northeast monsoon which from time to time brought along wind gustiness that was not favorable to fishing activities. Dominant species caught were fimbriated sardines mixed with Indian sardines, bullet tuna and roundscad.
  • In Siquijor, more unloading of indian sardines in the eastern part of the province was noticed particularly in the municipalities of Maria and Lazi. More catch of anchovies was also observed in the fishing grounds of said municipalities. Shipment of caulerpa to Dumaguete City was continuously undertaken.
4. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
  • In Bohol, price of ginger (Hawaiian) decreased by P10.00 per kilogram due to onset of harvest season. Farmgate price of palay was P0.50 lower from last month's level. Frequent rain affected the supply of vegetables; retail prices of habitchuelas, bell pepper and ampalaya were P10.00-15.00 higher over last month's levels. Price of copra corriente was slightly higher at P13.00-P14.00 per kilogram.
  • In Carbon Market, wholesale selling price of tomato remained steady due to sufficient supply from Iloilo and Luzon provinces.
  • In Negros Oriental, retail prices of chicken (native dressed and broiler) remained steady at P230.00-P240.00 and P120.00-P130.00 per kilogram, respectively. Prices of cereals remained stable. More supply of cabbage and Chinese pechay with inflow from Cebu was noted.
  • Farmgate price of camote tubers declined over the period in Canlaon Uptown Market due to high supply level while Chinese pechay was quoted at higher due to limited supply.
  • In Dumaguete City Public Market, supply of tuna was abundant and retail price ranged from P80.00 to P100.00 per kilogram.
  • In Siquijor, prices and supply of agricultural commodities remained at normal level.
5. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
  • In Loboc, Bohol, 15 head of carabao and 5 head of cattle were vaccinated with hemorrhagic septicemia. The same was administered to 333 head of carabaos, 297 head of cattle and 130 head of goats in the municipality of Sikatuna.
  • Macaas Fishermen's Association received 10 head of carabaos for breeding purposes from "Let's Help Bohol" Program.
  • The LGU Sagbayan, Bohol held an Agro-fair on February 9, 2013 in celebration of the town's 64th founding Anniversary.
  • The Provincial Government of Bohol procured from Pangasinan some 101 Giant Clams (Taklobo) which were seeded for repopulation in Marine Protected Area in barangay Bingag in Dauis town.
  • About P150,000.00 worth of illegally caught moonfish were confiscated by the police from the two (2) fishing vessels in the seawaters of Poblacion, Argao, Cebu. The confiscated tons of fish were distributed to a drug rehabilitation center in Argao.
  • In Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, LGU Dairy Office Personnel conducted hemorrhagic septicemia vaccination and deworming in different barangays of Manjuyod to a total of 310 head of cattle, 108 head of carabaos, 288 head of goats and 3 heads of horses.
  • Still in Negros Oriental, reconstruction and repair of bridges (Tinayunan Bridge in Guihulngan and Martilo Bridge in La Libertad) damaged by the February 6, 2012 earthquake were on-going.
  • In Siquijor, about 397 sacks of vermi cast were distributed to the six (6) municipalities by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in support to High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).
  • Still in Siquijor, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) and its counterparts from the Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAO) regularly conducted vaccination and served artificial insemination.
6. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
  • BFAR conducted seminar on fishcage operation to 27 members of TAFGA (Tangaran Fish Gatherers Association) in Tangaran, Clarin, Bohol on February 6-8, 2013. In Matabao, Tubigon, Bohol, there was an on-going Climate Resiliency Field School Eighteen (18) farmers participated and the expected graduation will be on April 2013.
  • DA-RFU VII, PhilRice and Bohol Experimental Station (BES) sponsored a Refresher Course on Pest and Disease Surveillance and Post-Harvest Management Technologies in Rice Production for Local Farmer Technicians in Central Visayas last February 18-22, 2013 at the BES, Barangay Gabi, Ubay. Participants were LFTs (Local Farmer Technician) and Rice Technicians from the four (4) provinces of Central Visayas.
  • The Provincial Agriculture Office of Cebu conducted "Lacatan Production" Seminar in Naga on February 15, 2013; Danao City on February 19, 2013; Carmen on February 22, 2013 and on February 28, 2013 in Pilar, Camotes Island. Each farmer participant received 10 suckers while 200 suckers were given to farmer organization.
  • The LGU of Argao, Cebu conducted a farmer's techno clinic forum on February 22, 2013, held at Argao Training Center. Farmer's consultation on organic farming, tilapia culture and other farming techniques were the focus of the activity.
  • NSO-Cebu conducted simultaneous 4th level training in two (2) batches in the entire province on February 11-16, 2013 and on February 18-23, 2013 for the CAF 2012. Five (5) BAS Cebu POC staff was tapped as trainers. Iin Negros Oriental, fourth Level Training for Census of Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF) was simultaneously conducted in the municipalities of San Jose, Amlan, Manjuyod, Bindoy and Jimalalud and cities of Tanjay and Bais conducted by NSO and BAS personnel last February 18-23, 2013. La Libertad had advanced their training on February 11-16, 2013 while Guihulngan scheduled late their training only on February 25 to March 2, 2013.
  • The Mandaue City Council approved a local fishing code penalizing fishermen who use explosives, fine-mesh nets, trawl & purse seines. Muro-Ami, exporting corals and other fishing methods that destroy coral reefs; fishing in overfished areas during closed season; fishing in fishery reserves and sanctuaries would also be banned.
  • In Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, Livestock Technician from the PVO conducted a meeting to the newly hired CAF Enumerators regarding the ten commandments for dog owners last February 26, 2013.
  • Lemon-Azagra-Tugas Farmers Irrigators Association (LATFIA) General Assembly and Election of Officers was conducted last February 24, 2013 at Foundation University Farm located in Sitio Palanguyan, Azagra, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental. PATCO delivered two (2) hand tractors and three (3) mechanical threshers to Tanjay LGU in support for the activities of the City Agriculture Office.
  • The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Siquijor in coordination with the Research and Extension Division of Central Luzon State University, Nueva Ecija, conducted training on cultural management practices on garlic production on February 14-15, 2013 at the OPA Conference Hall. The said activity was attended by the Agricultural Technicians (ATs) from the six municipalities and farmers who are also onion bulb producers.
  • The Municipal Agriculture Office of Siquijor conducted a Practical Farming Class last February 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2013 at barangay Caitican, Siquijor, Siquijor. The said activity aimed to enhance the knowledge of farmers in growing different crops like corn. During the session, farmers were taught on proper land cultivation, crop care, harvest and post-harvest technologies. The attendees of this farming class were the members of "Caitican Farmers Association".
7. WEATHER SITUATION
  • The region experienced cloudy skies associated with light to moderate rainfall during the first two weeks of the month. However, heavy rains were observed in the third week due to typhoon Crising affecting Visayas and Mindanao regions.
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