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Vol. No. XXVI No. 11A monthly publication of the Department of Agriculture

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Vol. XXVI No. 11

A monthly publication of the Department of Agriculture

November 2011

2011 rice, corn harvests to reach modest levelsDespite damages caused by several typhoons during the third quarter of the year, the countrys 2011 palay and corn production would reach modest levels and bigger than last years output. Palay production is expected to reach 16.68 million metric tons (MMT), 5.7 percent (%) more than last years 15.77 MMT, while corn will top 6.99 MMT, 9.6% more the 6.38-MMT harvest in 2010. The DAs Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) said the estimates were based on total harvest during the first nine months of the year, plus the expected 4th quarter harvest based on standing crop. Based on farmers planting intentions, the BAS said output increases are expected for palay and corn for the first(Pls turn to p10)

Agri grows by 4.28%, Jan-Sept 2011Bannered by the crops subsector, the countrys agriculture industry grew by 4.28 percent (%) in the first nine months of 2011, grossing P1.01 trillion at current prices. The growth was fueled by the double-digit output increase in both palay and corn, which grew by 16% each, at 10.75 million metric tons (MMT) and 5.49 MMT, respectively, according to the DAs Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS). The record harvests pulled up the crops subsector overall performance by 9%. The crops subsector comprises one-half of total agricultural output. Other crops that performed(Pls turn to p2)

President Aquino said government will allot at least two per cent of the DAs annual budget to implement a national organic agriculture program, during the 8th National Organic Agriculture Conference (NOAC) in Tarlac. Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, one of the main authors of the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 (Republic Act 10068), said it means the DA will spend at least P1.2 billion starting next year.

Senate okays 2012 natl budgetThe Senate of the Philippines approved on November 22 the proposed P1.816-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2012, of which P61.73 billion is alloted for the Department of Agriculture, 60 per cent more than this years budget of P38.58B. The Senates approval of the 2012 GAA came a week after Senator Franklin Drilon, chair of the Senate committee on finance, presented and defended the DA 2012 budget, during the November 17 plenary session, presided by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala hailed the Senates unanimous support, saying it is a major step in achieving Aquino governments rice self-sufficiency target by end of 2013. The Senate and the House of Representatives will convene a bicameral committee to craft and Senator Drilon said they will submit the final version of the 2012 GAA to President Aquino for his signature into law on or before December 17. During the DA budget plenary discussion, Senator Edgardo Angara, who once served as DA(Pls turn to p12)

P-Noy allots P1.2-B for organic programPresident Benigno S. Aquino III has instructed the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to allot at least two percent (%) of the DAs annual budget to hasten the implementation of governments national organic agriculture program. He issued the directive on November 8, during the 8th Na(Pls turn to p12)

Under the scorching sun, Secretary Procy Alcala (inset, left) instructs DA-National Irrigation Administration officials, led by administrator Antonio Nangel (3rd from left) and engineer Efren Mananghaya (right), to repair Bulo Dam (foreground) in San Miguel, Bulacan, damaged by floodwaters due to typhoon Pedring last September. With them are Bulacan 3rd District Representative JonJon Mendoza (2nd from right), and San Miguel Mayor Roderick Tiongson (2nd from left). (Pls see story on p3)

Editorial Kasapatan sa pagkain: Tungkulin ng lahatAng kasapatan sa pagkain ay abot-tanaw na. Ngunit ang hangaring ito ay hindi makakamit kung ang pamahalaan lamang ang kikilos, ang gagawa. Kailangan ng tulong ng lahat - ng bawat isa sa atin upang makamit ang pangmatagalan at likaskayang kasapatan sa pagkain. Kamakailan lamang, binabatikos ang Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka sa suntok sa buwan nitong layuning rice self-sufficiency by 2013. Nangangarap daw ng gising ang DA. Anila, matagal na itong ginagamit na propagandang pampulitika, at wala rin namang kinahinatnan. Matapos ang 500 araw na panunungkulan ng administrasyong Aquino, napatunayan ng DA katuwang ang mga pinunong lokal, samahan ng mga magsasaka at mangingisda, at pribadong sektorna kayang abutin ang mga inilatag na programa tungo sa kasapatan sa pagkain. Mismong kinilala ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino ang di matatawarang kasipagan at pagpupursige ni Kalihim Procy Alcala sa pagpapatupad sa mga programa at pagharap sa mga pagsusubok, kagaya ng nakaraang mga bagyo. Aniya: Sa pagharap sa mga hamon na ito, hindi yapak ni Juan Tamad ang ating sinunod. Sa halip na humilata at maghintay sa pagbagsak ng bunga, minabuti nating pag-aralan ang problema, at saka nagpunla ng mga plano at inisyatiba upang mapitas at mapakinabangan agad ito. Naniniwala tayo na ang pagtugon sa isyu ng seguridad sa pagkain at matatag na pag-unlad sa kanayunan ay dapat nakasandig sa short-term, medium-term, at long-term solutions. Sinang-ayunan din ito ng ating mga Senador at Kongresista sa kanilang pag-approve ng DA 2012 budget na nagkakahalagang P61.73 bilyon. Napakalaking tulong ng karagdagang pondo upang maipatupad ang mga nasimulang pagbabago. Sa kabila ng mangilanngilang batikos, patuloy ang pag-unlad ng kanayunan. Kaya naman mataas ang kumpiyansa ng pamahalaan na nagbubunga na rin pauntiunti ang mga binhi ng pagbabago na itinanim ni Kalihim Procy at buong pamilya ng DA kasama ang mga pinunong lokal, mga samahan ng magsasaka at mangingisda, at pribadong sektor. Sabi ni Sec Procy kung hindi tayo hinagupit ng ilang bagyo, itong taon sana natin mararanasan ang pinakamataas na ani ng bigas at mais sa ating kasaysayan. Ngunit ang pagsubok ng nakaraang bagyo ay lalo lamang nagpatibay ng loob ni Sec Procy, sampu ng mga pinuno at kawani ng buong DA family, upang makamit ang kasapatan sa bigas at mga pangunahing pagkain sa 2013. Malayu-layo na rin ang ating narating sa nakalipas na 500 araw, ngunit maramirami pa rin ang kailangang gawin. Kaya naman, sama-sama tayong makibahagi upang makamit ang minimithing maunlad na kanayunan, malaking kita ng mga magsasaka at mangingisda, at sapat, masustansya, at abot-kayang pagkain sa ating hapag.

Secretary Procy Alcala (2nd from right) appreciates a member of the Banga Womens Association as she weaves pia fiber into cloth, during his recent visit in Aklan. The province is emerging as a major producer of world-class, export quality pia fiber for clothing apparels, particularly barong Tagalog and Filipiniana dresses, and other novelty items. The DA through its Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) continuously conduct livelihood training on pia fiber products, particulalrly among rural womens groups like Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs), not only in Aklan, but also in other provinces like Negros Oriental, Antique, Guimaras, Capiz, Palawan and La Union. (DA6 Info Div.)

Agri grows ...

(from p1) well during the nine-month period included sugarcane (up by 77.8%), tobacco (11.3%), rubber (5.5%), cassava (5.2%), pineapple (3.5%), and abaca (2.7%). The total value of various crops produced amounted to P575.2 billion (B) at current prices, 26% more than last years value. Livestock production, accounting for 16% of total agricultural output, grew by 1.4%. Cattle and hog production increased by 1% and 1.6%, respectively. The subsectors gross value is estimated at P152.8B. Poultry production grew by 4%. Chicken and chicken eggs recorded gains of 4.3% and 3.5%, respectively. The subsector

shared 14% in the total agricultural production. Its gross value was P116.3B. The fisheries subsector, contributing 20% to total agricultural output, decreased by 3.8%. Aquaculture grew by 3.5%, while commercial and municipal fisheries decreased by 16% and 2.7%, respectively. The subsector grossed P165.8B. On the average, farmgate prices increased by 9.3%. Prices of various crops moved up by an average of 15.7%, while fishery products were priced 5% higher than last year. Meanwhile, prices of livestock and poultry products decreased by an average of 1.5% and 1.3%, respectively. (DA-BAS)

is published monthly by the Department of Agriculture Information Service, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City. Tel. nos. 9288762 loc 2148, 2150, 2155, 2156 or 2184; 9204080 or tel/fax 9280588. This issue is available in PDF file. For copies, please send requests via email: da_afis@yahoo.com.

Editor-In-Chief : Noel O. Reyes Associate Editors: Karenina Salazar, Cheryl C. Suarez & Adam Borja Writers: Adora D. Rodriguez, Jo Anne Grace B. Pera, Arlhene S. Carro, Bethzaida Bustamante, Mc. Bien Saint Garcia, Jay Ilagan, Catherine Nanta Contributors: DA-RFU Info Officers, Public Info Officers and Staff of DA Bureaus, Attached Agencies & Corporations, Foreign-Assisted Projects Photographers: Jose Lucas, Alan Jay Jacalan, & Kathrino Resurreccion Lay-out Artists: Bethzaida Bustamante & Almi Q. Erlano Printing & Circulation: Teresita Abejar & PCES Staff

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South Korea to co-finance P13-B Iloilo irrigation projectAgriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala signed on November 21 a memorandum of undestanding with Korea Export-Import Bank president Kim Yong-Hwan to jointly pursue the construction of a P13-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Proj ect, Stage II (JRMP2), in Iloilo. It is one of the five agreements forged between the two countries, highlighting the three-day state visit of South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. President Benigno S. Aquino III and President Lee witnessed the signing of the agreements in Malacanang on N