In the districts of Manicahan, Culianan and Vitali, Zamboanga City, harvesting of palay was noted.
In La Libertad and Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte two (2) hectares of watermelon were harvested with a total production of 6,000 kilograms.
Most rainfed areas were on planting and vegetative stages in Zamboanga Sibugay. In Diplahan and Siay, the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (PAgrO) reported newly discovered rice grain bug in some palay farms. About 50 hectares were believed to be infected in Diplahan according to the point person of PAgrO.
Harvesting of durian was noted in some areas of Zamboanga Sibugay. Production of rubber cup lump increased with its recovery from withering season.
In Vitali, Zamboanga City, volume of prawns harvested dropped because of white spots virus. Supply of marine fish, particularly, Japanese mackerel, sardines, scads, and tuna was sufficient over the region due to good weather condition and operation of drift nets.
In Zamboanga del Sur, production of fish increased because of good weather condition. Dominant species captured were skipjack, frigate tuna, anchovies and roundscad.
In Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, good weather condition favored seaweed production.
3. PRICES AND MARKET SUPPLY
In Zamboanga City, retail price of papaya increased with high demand. Prices of most vegetables and condiments were stable with abundant supply.
In Zamboanga del Norte, farmgate price of mango (carabao) went down with abundant supply. On the other hand, retail price of avocado increased.
In Zamboanga Sibugay, retail prices of white potato, pechay, and ginger increased during the last week of the month because of low supply.
4. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS
In Katipunan and Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte, vegetable seeds were distributed to farmers under the Livelihood Project.
In Zamboanga del Norte, extension services were provided to poultry animals. Livestock and poultry immunization continued.
In Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, 18 rescue boats were donated by the Japanese government to the City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) personnel and the city warden. The rescue boats will be used in times of rescue operations and monitoring of illegal fishing activities.
In Dao, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, the PAgrO received the Regional Gawad Saka award during the Regional Farm Family Forum on May 29, 2013. The award was proclaimed after the Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) in Mate, Titay won the regional contest for BFT in Zamboanga Peninsula.
In Barangays Gaycon, Malungon and Baluran, Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, rehabilitation of the farm-to-market roads was on-going.
5. TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
On May 21-31, 2013, the Training Course on Mudcrab Hatchery, Nursery and Grow-out Operations held in Tigbauan, Iloilo was attended by BFAR-Ipil staff. The training was sponsored by the Aquaculture Department of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/AQD).
The meeting on Philippine National Aquasilviculture Program (PNAP) was attended by different Provincial Fishery Officers at Marcian Garden Hotel in Zamboanga City on May 16, 2013.
In Zamboanga del Norte, Farmers Field School for Corn Production was conducted in some barangays. This was handled by agricultural technicians. Farmers were also taught how to utilize other technologies and use organic fertilizers in their corn farms.
In Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, "Peste Patrol", a seminar for pest and disease control, was attended by rice technicians at the Zamboanga Peninsula Integrated Agricultural Center (ZAMPIARC). A survey was conducted to determine the characteristics of rice grain bug and participants were trained on how to apply biological control against the pest.
6. WEATHER SITUATION
Sunny days with isolated rainshowers were experienced in most parts of the region. Rainshowers with thunderstorm brought by easterly waves prevailed in Zamboanga del Norte.