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Province of Ilocos Sur

Agriculture, Fisheries and Livelihood

Farmers Continuously Receive Hybrid Corn Seeds

Vigan City -The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson gives out assistance to the farmers in the province in the form of hybrid corn seeds called Ryan’s Corn through the Ryan’s Corn Assistance program. The project was first launched in the year 2013. This aims to maintain quality corn production in Ilocos Sur at the same time to uplift the socio-economic sector. The milestones of this project are evident from the positive feedback of the farmers and traders. Each corn plant can produce two corn fruits and its seeds are heavier compared to ordinary corn. This time, the Provincial Agriculture Office distributed twenty two thousand two hundred twenty two (22,222) bags of Hybrid corn seeds that can be planted to 12, 500 000 hectares of land. “We increase the number of our beneficiaries. In past years, only selected farmers were given Ryan’s corn to plant but this time we see to it that all farmers in our province can have Ryan’s corn to plant in their fields.” Mr. Constante Botacion, Provincial Agriculturist added. The farmers are grateful in receiving the assistance from the Provincial Government. This will ease their burden especially in providing farm inputs. “This helps us lessen our expenses because we have free corn seeds to plant and we are also given free technical assistance to make us more efficient and productive” Mrs. Leonila Alquiza, Farmer said. The success of the Ryan’s Corn Assistance Project garnered seven awards in the 11th National Corn Congress and 3rd Quality Corn Achievers Awarding Ceremony held at Clark, Pampanga last October 22, 2015. Gov. Singson claims that this achievement is an achievement of every Ilocosurian farmers who gave their full support to make the project successful. “I’m glad for the success of our province. Because of this, investors put up a Feed Mill in our province because they see our potential. This company will help our farmers in marketing their products.” Gov. Ryan expressed.

Multi-Shredder Machine Helps Produce Organic Fertilizer

Bantay, Ilocos Sur- The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur launches the multi-shredder machine which serves as rapid composting facility and soil rejuvenation for the development of agricultural sector and for the promotion of organic farming in the province. Farmers nowadays are worrying on their agricultural products. Their harvest decreases due to the low quality of soil cause by inorganic fertilizers and consecutive cropping. On the other hand, waste pollution is rampant not only in the country but in other nations. In response to these two big concerns, the PGIS headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson provides a machine that can address both concerns. The Provincial Government funded a multi-shredder machine that can be used to make organic fertilizer and at the same time it can produce facilities out of wastes. The machine can pulverized both biodegradable and non-biodegradable materials. The pulverized biodegradable waste placed on a composting machine produces organic fertilizer. As well as pulverized non-biodegradable materials can be mixed in concrete materials to produce facilities like chairs and hallow blocks. “Our waste can solve the problems of our farmers. We can clean our environment and at the same time we can upgrade the quality of our fields”, Gov. Ryan added. These organic fertilizers will be distributed to the farmers in the province. With this, they can avoid using inorganic fertilizers which destroys the good quality of the soil and at the same time they can minimize their expenses in farming. Meanwhile, the Provincial Agriculture Office also conducts training on the operation of the composting machine for compost preparation.

PGIS Receives Incentive for Coconut Production

The provincial government of Ilocos Sur received a cash incentive amounting to one hundred seventy nine thousand one hundred pesos (P179,100.00) from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). PCA representative, Engineer Bobbie Simon handed over the award to Governor Ryan Singson and Provincial ENMRO Officer Raymund Sinay during the ceremony held at the Provincial Capitol on April 12, 2016. The cash incentive serves as an award for the successful implementation of projects for coconut production. The provincial government was able to grow more than eight thousand coconut seedlings of two feet height pegged at eighteen pesos for every seedling. “We strongly support this project and we encourage the coastal barangays to plant more coconut trees. This also provides livelihood to the people and we can make different local products out of coconut trees.” Gov. Ryan added. The Philippine Coconut Authority said that giving cash incentive is one way to encourage the community to grow coconut trees in order to protect our environment. Coconut is one of the most useful trees in the country. “It is so called the ‘tree of life’ because every part of the tree from roots to fruits has many uses. It is the source of virgin coconut oil, the source of different food products and different handy craft products,” Engr. Simon stated. Meanwhile, the two feet height coco seed nuts are distributed to the coastal barangays in order to rehabilitate the beach forests in the province. There will be a monitoring to be conducted after three to four and the barangay will also receive cash incentive of twenty two pesos for every fully grown coconut tree.

Ilocos Sur Awarded as National Quality Corn Achiever

The province of Ilocos Sur bags seven awards in the 11th National Corn Congress and 3rd Quality Corn Achievers Awarding Ceremony held at Clark, Pampanga on October 22, 2015. The Department of Agriculture has chosen Ilocos Sur as one of Five Outstanding Provinces recognizing the milestones of the province in quality corn production. The other provinces in the top five are Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Occidental Mindoro and Agusan del Norte. Governor Ryan Singson together with Vice Governor DV Savellano and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members received the plaque and the cash award of three million pesos. Aside from this, Mr. Constante Botacion Jr. was chosen as outstanding Provincial Agriculturist and Oscar Tobia was awarded as outstanding Provincial Corn Coordinator. The efforts of the some municipalities in their contribution in corn production was also recognized where the Local Government Unit of Sta. Maria was selected as Outstanding Municipality, its Municipal Agriculturist Grace Cardona and Corn Coordinator Diosdado Mendoza also received plaques and cash awards. Ronald Tumbaga from Bantay Ilocos Sur was chosen as Outstanding Agricultural Extension Worker. “These awards will serve as inspiration and at the same time challenge to us to continue the programs in order to maintain quality production of corn in Ilocos Sur. We aim for another year of success until we will get a hall of fame”. Gov. Ryan Singson said. Gov. Singson believes that this achievement is through the full support of the provincial government to the farmers sector. The Ryan Corn Assistance Program is a flagship program establish by Gov. Ryan Singson’s administration. Under this program, the corn farmers are extended free hybrid corn seeds, fertilizers, farm machineries and equipment support and technical trainings. At present, there are 14,000 hectares planted with hybrid corn. 2,000 hectares are planted with white corn and 12, 000 hectares planted with yellow corn. These can produce five tons per hectare every cropping. In the span of three years the production of corn in the province was increased to 16.9 percent. The three million pesos cash award will be allotted by the Provincial Government in purchasing a hauling truck to be used by the corned farmers in traveling their produce.

New FMR Benefits Farmers of Sinait

Sinait, Ilocos Sur- The provincial government of Ilocos Sur headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson inaugurated the newly paved farm to market roads in the municipality of Sinait. Three farm to market roads were built in the Barangays of Calingayan, Marnay and Barikir to lessen the cost of post-harvest production of the farmers. This will result to an efficient travel of their goods to the market and eliminate the middlemen who usually benefit from the farmer’s products. With this project, low price, fresh and nutritious foods will be accessible to arcades. It gives advantage to both producers and consumers resulting to agricultural productivity and food security. “Farm to market roads will not only improve our agricultural sector but also the lives of our farmers and their families. This will lessen their difficulties in bringing their goods to the people.” Gov. Ryan said. Apart from the FMR, Brgy Gongogong in the town of San Ildefonso was also extended help by the provincial government through funding of the construction of the barangay hall. The building was constructed with the cooperation of the Citizen’s Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party list thru Representative Sherwin Tugma. The Barangay officials expressed their sincere thanks for having a conducive and ventilated workplace. The hall will serve as a place for serving the residents of Gongogong.

PVET Dispenses Goat Breeders

The provincial government of Ilocos Sur headed by Gov. Ryan Singson distributed goat breeder to the different goat raisers in the province. Each association received one male and two female goats to produce youngs. This will serve as additional source of income for the raisers where they can sell the animals to restaurants or make products such as milk candy or cheese. The distributed animals are hybrid goats. In a span of four months, it can now be sold amounting to more than five thousand pesos per head. Aside from the animals, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) also provided trainings and seminars to equip the goat raisers in maintaining their livelihood. They also gave out vitamins for the animals and grass to be planted as food for the goats. “The provincial government wants to provide livelihood for our goat raisers to aid them in gaining profit without spending a big capital” Gov. Ryan said. The association of goat raisers were very thankful for the assistance they received. “We are blessed for having this kind of livelihood. We will take good care of this beautiful present” goat raiser, Benjamin Tabor said.

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