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2019-08-priority-concerns-for-the-first-100-daysThe new DA Secretary's focus is ensuring food security by increasing productivity, while also making farmers and fisherfolk prosperous by doubling their income. ###Image courtesy of DA-AFID.

As he seat as the new Department of Agriculture Secretary, Dr. William Dar presented his priority concerns in his first 100 Days.

1. Ensure the proper and efficient implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law, particularly the management of the P10-B Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) including that of the formulation of the Rice Industry Roadmap.

2. Craft and implement a “Crop Diversification Strategy” with corresponding fund requirements, initially using current DA program budget, and thereafter included under the 2020 and 2021-2022 annual budgets.

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2019-08-9th-national-rice-tech-kicks-off-in-calapan-cityUnveiling of the official logo for the 9th National Rice Technology Forum on August 8 at Bgy. Malad Covered Court in Calapan City. (L-R) Councilor Regie Aguas, Calapan City ;Dr. Santiago Obien, Department of Agriculture; Councilor Charles Pansoy, Calapan City; Dr. Levy B. Arago, President, Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Trade; Dr. Antonio G. Gerundio, Regional Executive Director, DA-MIMAROPA; Dr. Hubbert Dolor, Provincial Administrator, Or. Mindoro; Dr. Louella Rowena Lorenzana, Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations, DA-MIMAROPA; Mr. Ronie F. Panoy; Regional Technical Director for Operations, DA-MIMAROPA; Mr. Recher Ondap, President, Rice Board; Ms. Christine Pine, Provincial Agriculturist, Or. Mindoro; Ms. Lorelein Sevilla, City Agriculturist, Calapaan City. ### Photo by Paulo Emmanuel Ajose.

Known to be one of the major rice-producing provinces of the MIMAROPA Region, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Rice Productivity Advocacy, Inc. (Rice Board) chose Oriental Mindoro, particularly Calapan City to conduct the 9th National Rice Technology Forum (NRTF).

NRTF is a semi-annual event of DA in partnership with Rice Board that promotes new technologies in rice production such as the adoption of hybrid rice and different modes of transplanting.
On August 8, the said event kicked off at Barangay Malad Covered Court in the city. This was made possible in collaboration with the city and provincial government unit.

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