The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Agriculture Office and the Department of Agriculture organized an “Information Caravan” intended to local farmers and to Municipal Agriculture Officers held in Bebeth Casserole, Municipality of Baroy on May 30, 2018.

Honourable Board Member, Reinario S. Bihag, Chairman-Committee on Agriculture, emphasized that there is a need to have close coordination to the programs of the Department of Agriculture and all attach agencies for continuity of the programs for the benefit of the farmers and fishermen in Lanao del Norte.

The Provincial Legislator proudly mentioned that Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, the two Congressional Districts, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan supports all livelihood programs initiated by the offices of the provincial government in coordination with Cooperative Development Authority and other National Government Agencies that are sustainable and beneficial to the people of Lanao del Norte

Engr. Dominicio A. Eleseo, Provincial Operations Center Chief, provided updates of the programs, projects and interventions of DA in the Lanao del Norte, like the on-going distribution of rice seeds and machineries to farmers affected by Tropical Storm Vinta. DA will provide to farmers 2 bags of fertilizers per hectare of rice field. Also, DA has allocated P59M for the recovery of farm animals lost due to typhoon Vinta.

On behalf of the Provincial Agriculturist, Letecia G, Ditucalan, Mechele Merambel presented the Four (4) Programs and Projects of the Provincial Government for the agricultural sector of Lanao del Norte; 1. EXTENSION SERVICES. Are the Technical Assistance or Support extended to Municipal Local Government Units, Cooperatives, Non-Government Organizations, and to Proponent Organizations like the School on the Air. The assistance or support provided in the Preparation of Business Plans, Project and Training Proposals, as well as in Coordination, Facilitation and Monitoring. 2. AGRI-FISHERY FACILITIES & EQUIPMENTS. The Provincial Nursery Seed Farm in Kapatagan Municipality. The Vegetable Technology Demonstration at PNSF, a partnership between the East West Seed Company and PGLDN. The Trichogramma Laboratory. The Plant Nursery for Coffee, Cacao and Rubber Seedlings, and for Cloned Calamansi. The Provincial Grains Processing Center. Pacita Farm for Bangus Fingerlings Production. The Agricultural Farm Equipment Machineries Services. The Provincial Farmers Learning Center. The on-going procurement of Mobile Soils Clinic and the Post Harvest Equipment as well as the on-going construction of Corn Processing Plant in Linamon Municipality. And soon to open Farmers Training Center Dormitory in Provincial Nursery Seed Farm in Kapatagan. 3. THE FARM INPUT ASSISTANCE. The Gulayan Project: Assorted Vegetable Seeds for Households, Communal Gardens and Schools, Garden Tools (Limited), Pamphlets, Technology Guide. The Rice Program: 250 bags of Upland Rice Seeds, 300 bags of Organic Fertilizers, Pamphlets and Technology Guide. 4. FINANCIAL SUPPORT. Counterpart Funds to DA Projects for MLGUs and Cooperatives: PRDP I-BUILD Projects (50% of the 10% LGU Counterpart), PRDP I-REAP Projects (20% of the Project Cost). Livelihood Project: RIC Association / 4H Club and Multipurpose Cooperatives.

For the Provincial Veterinary Office, Dr. Fritzie Provido informed the participants on the updates of the Programs, Projects and Activities of her Office. The Provincial Veterinarian highlighted the issuance of shipping permits when transporting livestock and poultry outside the province or the region. The prerequisite is to ask for a Veterinary Health Certificate in the place of origin before the Veterinary Health Services under the Bureau of Animal Industry will issue shipping permits.

Other national and attached government agencies present in the activity are National Food Authority, National Dairy Authority, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. PIO-LDN