In Aurora, 1,273 hectares were planted to palay. Also, 120 hectares were planted to corn, 82 hectares of which were yellow and 38 hectares were white.
In Bataan, 70 percent of palay farms were harvested. Production of palay increased because of good weather condition.
In Balanga and Pilar, Bataan, harvesting of turnips was in progress.
In Bongabon, Nueva Ecija, planting of white corn was in progress. Harvesting of palay and planting of squash were observed.
In Pampanga, planting of palay was halfway finished. Harvesting was noted in some municipalities.
In Tarlac, harvesting of yellow corn was noted. Land preparation of corn areas was in progress. In Barangay Birbira, Camiling, 1,200 papaya trees were newly planted in an area of 1.50 hectares.
In Zambales, production of mango increased by 20 percent compared with last year's record because of good crop management and fewer weather disturbances during flowering and fruit development stages.
2. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY
In Bataan, supply of meat and poultry products was stable on account of more poultry and piggery farms.
In Bulacan, unloadings of bangus and tilapia at San Sebastian, Hagonoy Trading Center were low because of stunted growth of fish species.
In Pampanga, supply and demand for fishery products were stable.
4. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
In Bulacan, prices of selected vegetables at the Malolos Public Market decreased owing to abundant supply. Prices of eggplant dropped by 11.71%; ampalaya by 6.40%; stringbeans by 6.80%; red onion (Bermuda) by 1.23%; and tomato by 16.65%. On the other hand, because of high demand, prices of pork lean meat, chicken and bangus increased by 1.97%, 2.34%, and 4.47%, respectively.
In Pampanga, prices per kilogram of pork liempo increased from P180.00 to P190.00 and pork lean meat from P170.00 to P180.00. Retail prices of temperate vegetables increased because of fiestas and graduation. Prices of lowland vegetables decreased with abundant supply from nearby provinces.
5. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
In Bataan, construction of the Mariveles-Bagac Road was still in progress.
In Bulacan, Angat Dam water level was at 201.60 meters as of April 22, 2013.
In Sta. Maria, Bulacan, 500 nipa shoot seedlings were planted along the river banks last April 10, 2013. This was undertaken by DA-LGU in coordination with BFAR. In addition, the Program on Urban Gardening through the continuous distribution of vegetable seeds to backyard farmers was still on-going.
In Nueva Ecija, distribution of vegetable seeds in urban and rural barangays was still on-going. This program was funded and sponsored by the DA-RFU III.
In Pampanga, dredging of canals and asphalting of national roads were noted in some barangays of Porac and Angeles in preparation for the rainy season.
In San Clemente, Tarlac, concreting of farm to market road in Barangay Poblacion Sur to Daldalayap was underway.
In Sta. Cruz, Zambales, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) conducted desilting of tunnels connecting water dam to the main irrigation canal. In Castillejos, asphalting of farm to market road connecting Barangay Nagbayan and Barangay San Agustin was still in progress. This will ease transport of farm products to the market.
6. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
In Aurora, a two (2)-day training on Coffee Production was conducted by the Municipal Agricultural Office (MAO). The training focused on post-harvest production and materials to be used in processing "kapeng barako"/brewed coffee. The training was attended by farmers from the municipalities of Ma. Aurora and Dipaculao. Representatives from the DA and Agricultural Training Institute(ATI)-RFU III, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (PAGrO) and Municipal Agricultural Officers of Dipaculao and Aurora State College of Technology headed by Ms. Babelyn P. Lopez, Wilfredo Balabat and Dr. Jona Zante served as trainers.
In Bataan, the PAgrO distributed shallow tube wells to the municipalities of Dinalupihan, Orani and Hermosa as part of the corn project of the DA-RFU III and LGU. Fifteen (15) percent of the cost will be shouldered by farmers and 85 percent by the DA-RFU III and LGU.
In Malolos City, Bulacan, Hog and Ruminant Raising Seminar was conducted and sponsored by Novartis Animal Health and DA-Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) on April 23, 2013. Dr. Zoilo Lapuz, an international veterinarian talked about the new health and disease preventive measures/technologies for hog and large animals.
In Bulacan, training on Expanded Modified Rapid Composting was sponsored by the Bureau of Soils Water Management and DA-RFU III last April 26, 2013 at the Sta. Maria Municipal Conference Hall. The activity aimed to boost organic farming.
Still in Bulacan, Harbest Seed Company in cooperation with DA-RFU III and Shoemart Group of Companies conducted a 16-day training scheduled every Friday at the Bulacan Agricultural State College. The training was participated in by one (1) Agricultural Technician (AT) and five (5) farmers per municipality; Pandi, San Rafael, San Miguel, Guiguinto and Pulilan. Vegetable seeds were provided by Harbest Seed Company. Harvests from the ten demonstration farms of 1 X 10 meters at the training site will be traded at different SM outlets in Bulacan.
In Carranglan, Nueva Ecija, BMEG Phils. sponsored the Livestock Production Seminar. Likewise, DA-RFU III conducted a livelihood training on vermi-compost and vegetable production. In addition, training on how to reduce rice black bug was sponsored and funded by DA-RFU III.
In Nueva Ecija, EastWest and Bayer conducted a seminar on crops production. In Sto. Domingo, DA-RFU III sponsored a seminar on preparation for the implementation of Gulayan sa Paaralan for S.Y. 2013.
In Camiling, Tarlac, the seminar on natural organic farming was conducted by DA-RFU III in Barangay Bobon 1st with 25 farmer-participants.
7. WEATHER SITUATION
Hot weather with occasional rainshowers to heavy rains prevailed over the region. The weather condition was favorable to drying of harvested palay.