To facilitate in promoting sustainable rice production in Lanao del Norte, the Provincial Agriculture Office of the Provincial Government under the administration of Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo spearheads the “Launching of Provincial Upland Rice Development – Seed Exchange Program (PURD – SEP) and Distribution of Upland Rice Seeds (White Denorado) and Organic Fertilizer (Chicken Manure)” in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and the Municipal Local Government Units in support to advocacy and promotions of RA 10068 or Organic Agriculture Act at the Provincial Farmers Learning Center, PAO Compound, Pigcarangan, Municipality of Tubod on July 25, 2018.

Provincial Agriculturist, Letecia G. Ditucalan welcome the presence of the rice farmers from the Municipalities of Tubod, Kolambugan and Maigo, three of the 13 municipalities who are recipients of the project. PAO will deliver the upland rice seeds and organic fertilizer to the Municipalities of Bacolod, Kapatagan, Kauswagan, Matungao, Nunungan, Pantao-Ragat, Poona-Piagapo, Balo-i, Tagoloan, and Tangkal.

“Your presence in today’s activity signifies your willingness to cooperate for the success of this program. Though we cannot give everything you want, at least our provincial leaders (Governor Angging and Board Member Bihag) are always ready to assist us, and hoping that upland areas in the province will be utilized for rice farming,” Ditucalan said.

The Province of Lanao del Norte, a recipient of Rice Achiever’s Award has enough supply of rice for its constituents, however, with great demand from its neighbouring provinces and cities, the Provincial Agriculturist encourage the farmers to also cultivate the upland areas to produce more rice and help contribute to the demand of the market.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member, Honorable Reinario S. Bihag, Committee Chairman on Agriculture shared words of wisdom to the farmers, he said, “This project is initiated by the Provincial Government through the Provincial Agriculture Office. This project is intended for you and not for us. Value this opportunity. We are here to provide assistance for your success. This is for you and for your family. Governor Angging, Congressman Khalid and Congressman Abdullah are continuously finding ways to help improve the quality of life of the people of Lanao del Norte.”

Furthermore, Honorable Bihag persuades the farmers to focus on upland rice production to balance the apparent decrease of rice farms in the valley particularly along the highways which are converted into commercial lots.

Engr. Rodolfo P. Aranzado, Provincial Rice Program Coordinator discussed to farmers the mode of the project and to ask for their sincere commitment to support the program by giving them “Acknowledgment Receipt and Agreement” which they have signed indicating their willingness to oblige with the agreement stated therein.

One of the agreements is “In PURD – Seed Exchange Program Scheme, farmer-recipient shall return 30 kilos of Upland Rice Seeds upon harvest to Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Municipal Agriculture Office in exchange to the farm inputs assistance that he / she received”. PIO-LDN