MIMAROPA’s Rice Program mainly focus on the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of the Department of Agriculture with a mandate to produce enough, accessible and affordable food for every Filipino and a decent income for all. To achieve this goal, the region aims to address various challenges confronting the rice sector like increasing productivity to ensure food security in the region and contribute in attaining the goal of rice sufficiency in the country. To achieve the program goal, modernization of farm technologies will have a huge impact on increased productivity, reduced labor cost and saved post-harvest losses. The region is likewise implementing and adopting strategies to mitigate the impact of climate change through buffer seed stocking, distribution of stress tolerant rice varieties and concreting of irrigation earth canal.
During the early part of 2016, MIMAROPA region was negatively affected by the El Niño Phenomenon. This has caused palay production to drop by 17% or 76,091 metric tons and managed to produce only a total of 366,500 metric tons as compared to previous year’s production of 442,591 metric tons.
However, during the wet cropping season, palay production bounced back according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority with a palay production of 712,100 metric tons or an increase by 11.40 % or an equivalent of 72,858 metric tons over a total of 639,242 metric tons in 2015. The increase can be attributed to the farmers’ increasing use of quality seeds and on farm mechanization interventions that minimized the cost of production and postharvest losses of farmers.
During the 3rd quarter of 2016, under the new administration, a Project MANa (Masaganang Agrikultura sa Nayon) that aims to expand the rice area of the country by opening new potential areas and converting rainfed to irrigated lands thru provisions of applicable irrigation projects was launched. The region was one of the few regions that was able to finish conducting field validations of the identified polygons. A total of 11,647 hectares have the potential to be converted to new rice areas while 35,213 hectares of rainfed areas that were validated are potential areas for irrigation projects that can be converted to irrigated ecosystem.
During the 2016 National Agri-Pinoy Rice Awards, the province of Occidental Mindoro ranked first place among the top five provinces in the country in terms of production performance and yield per hectare and hailed as a Hall of Fame awardee for having won the award three times. The Municipality of Nara in Palawan was also recognized as one of the top municipalities while four local Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) from Occidental Mindoro and Palawan were awarded as part of the 24 Outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers.
The Region also actively participated in the Department of Agricultures’ #Brown4Good Challenge and continuously facilitates the conduct of School-on-the-Air on Rice Production in which the DA Secretary fully supports.
Focal Person: Ma. Theresa S. Aguilar
Report Officer: Ronald Degala
Under the Corn Program, MIMAROPA Region has managed to produce 114,143.00 metric tons of white and yellow corn for 2016 from a total area of 30,510 hectares with an average yield of 3.74mt/ha. This can be attributed to interventions like provision of farm inputs, construction of irrigation facilities and farm mechanization given to either individual farmer, LGU's, cooperatives or associations and provision of extension support in the form of trainings such as Farmers’ Field Schools (FFS), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), techno-demos, cooking demonstration and Bantay Peste program conducted for the various farmers’ groups around MIMAROPA provinces.
At the 4th National Corn Quality Achievements Awards (NQCAA) 2016, the Region once again. has produced winners from Occidental Mindoro. The Municipality of Abra de Ilog was awarded the Outstanding Municipality for Corn Production and received a plaque of recognition and one million pesos worth of project while its Municipal Agricultural Officer Julius Judelito A. Amodia was awarded the category of Outstanding Municipal Agriculturist/Municipal Corn Coordinator and received a check worth P30,000.00 while 10 Agricultural Extension Workers received P20,000 worth of check each under the category of Outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs). Four of the awardees came from the municipality of Sablayan (one of whom is a hall of famer), three from San Jose, two from Abra de Ilog and one from the Municipality of Calintaan.
Focal Person: Ma. Christine C. Inting
Report Officer: Aiza Ruth L. Evona
The Livestock program aims to improve livestock productivity and increase farmers’ income by providing technology, support services and infrastructure. The program continuously provides trainings and services on goat and native chicken production, beekeeping, artificial insemination and vaccination.
In 2016, the two (2) island municipalities of Romblon (San Jose and Romblon) were declared as Rabies-Free Zone. The province of Marinduque was recognized as one among the 37 Best LGU Implementer of Rabies Program. For Rabies-Free Philippines Vision for Year 2020, the Region, in continuous partnership with LGU veterinarians, supports the MIMAROPA Initiative “Free Spayand Neuter on Dogs and Cats”. A total of 755 dogs and cats were spayed and neutered in the provinces of Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro & Romblon.
The DA-RFO MIMAROPA, in continuous collaboration with Bureau of Animal Industry, Philippine Carabao Center and National Dairy Authority has ensured the production of better breeds of ruminant animals that are resistant to diseases and also produces high quality meat and nutritious milk. Partner agencies help to provide technical assistance through trainings and conduct of various programs like provision of semen straws and massive estrus synchronization in coordination with LGU counterparts. A total of 2,086 animal raisers throughout the region have benefitted from the conduct of artificial insemination for large ruminants. Semen straws (LN2 tank, AI paraphernalia) and pasture seeds in support to pasture development were distributed regionwide.
The Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) together with the Regulatory Division is consistently monitoring and conducting surveillance for Foot & Mouth Disease and Avian Influenza. A total of 333 FMD and 531 AI blood samples were submitted to BAI-ADDRL. Laboratory results showed that the region has maintained its Foot & Mouth Disease-Free and Avian Influenza-Free status. For the strengthening of Diagnostic and Biological Infrastructure and Feed Laboratory Service, a total of 4473 laboratory services had been rendered by the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory & Regional Animal Feed Laboratory. In support to animal health, disease prevention and control program, 59,597 heads of dogs & cats were vaccinated against rabies, 56 native pigs for hog cholera, and 500 native chickens for new castle disease.
Focal Person: Maria Teresa O. Altayo
Report Officer: Vida Z. Francisco
The High Value Crop Development Program provides assorted vegetable seeds and planting materials to increase production and income, create livelihood opportunities among farmers, promote the commercial production of onion, garlic, mung bean, peanut and black pepper to reduce the country’s importation. Support value adding/product development projects thru provision /establishment of community based processing facility and the market promotion of high value crops.
The program has expanded areas for cashew, rubber, cacao and coffee through provision of quality planting materials to qualified, registered and interested farmers group or cooperatives Hybrid vegetable seeds were also provided to vegetable farmers to increase production of vegetables in the region. However, priority interventions shall be given to calamansi, cashew and banana saba, identified during the later part of 2016 as Regional Priority Commodities, for the succeeding years.
While Oriental Mindoro is still the Calamansi King of the country in terms of hectarage, the production of calamansi has declined in 2016 due to the onslaught of Typhoon “Nona” that led to the decrease in number of bearing trees and area harvested for calamansi in the province. According to the PSA Bulletin, MIMAROPA landed to 2nd highest producer during the 1st quarter, with 16.5 percent share. But with the on-going implementation of the World-Bank assisted project, the Philippine Rural Development Project, through the completion of a long-stretch FMR within the range of the calamansi production areas, reviving the highest producer status would never be difficult to recover.
The newly established Mango Pulp Weevil Detection Center in Aborlan, Palawan, funded by the High Value Crops Development Program, was turned over to the LGU. Said Center and X-ray Machine would serve as the venue for the detection of mango pulp weevil in mango fruits produced and transported to and from the southern municipalities of Palawan and in order to select and certify MPW-free mango fruits.
A regional cacao investment forum was conducted with a total of 80 cacao stakeholders in MIMAROPA as participants. The positive feedback from the farmer participants has resulted to participant’s commitment to expand areas for cacao production in their respective areas. This led to the conduct of municipal level cacao and coffee investment fora and the creation of the regional cacao industry council. The region is now consulting the Council for possible interventions needed for the Cacao Industry.
During the Regional Gawad Saka Search, a farmer from Occidental Mindoro was awarded as the outstanding regional farmer for high value crops (Saba Banana). Mr. Lamberto Untalan, a rebel returnee has given his trust back to the government by availing programs offered by the Department of Agriculture. The banner program has helped him succeed in planting banana-saba thru the provision of technical assistance during the initial stages of his farm establishment.
Focal Person: Corazon C. Sinnung
Report Officer: Julius Jake M. Arellano
Under the Organic Agriculture Program, MIMAROPA has 10,627.99 hectares devoted for organic farming with an increase of 327.7 % from 2015 (2, 485), in terms of volume of production (partially collected data as of December 31, 2016). There’s an increase of 40.6 % (567.65 mt) from the previous year in an average yield of 403.5 mt. To boost the market opportunities for these products, consumer awareness and Capacity Building of Organic Farmers Organization in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access were conducted and as a result, market niches (7 destinations) were established in Mindoro provinces, Batangas, Antipolo, Alabang, Cavite, Metro Manila and Quezon City. Moreover, trading post were established and maintained in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, and Odiongan, Romblon. Through continuous information dissemination and maintaining demo farms as promotional strategies, 493 (31%) more individuals were encouraged to practice organic farming (Data: 2015 – 2,088; 2016- 2,735).
A number of different production and postharvest facilities and equipments had been distributed and constructed. These interventions had provided notable help to organic practitioners, local government units and farmers’ associations in contributing sustainable agriculture and supply of organic products in the markets.
Focal Person: Ronie F. Panoy
Report Officer: Benjamin P. Gardoce