30.4 C
Philippines
Friday, June 14, 2024

4:59 PM

30.4 C
Philippines
Friday, June 14, 2024

4:59 PM

Mamabajao MAO urges locals, farmers to avail gov’t programs thru RSBSA

CAMIGUIN (PIA)–To be prioritized in availing farming programs and benefiting assistance from the government, especially from the Department of Agriculture (DA), Mambajao Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) urges local farmers and fisherfolk to register for the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).

Municipal Agriculturist Teddy Galaga of MAO-Mambajao said locals, animal owners, farmers, and fisherfolks can avail the government programs and services through MAO and the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), during the FMR Camiguin program Deeds Not Words, April 5.

As MAO conducts animal mass vaccination twice a year for livestock animals and anti-rabies for domesticated dogs, Galaga urges local animal owners to join the ongoing program by visiting and registering at MAO or PVO.

The first semester of the mass vaccination takes place in February to April; the second semester will continue from July to September. “Kaduha gyud ni siya himuon [ang pagpabakuna], by semester. Mu-reach out gyud ta. House-to-house approach atong pagpabakuna,” Galaga said.

(This [vaccination] is biannual, by semester. We reach out to animal owners. Our vaccination uses a house-to-house approach)

Animal Dispersal Program is also available for local farmers, which provides free livestock to those interested in raising them. Letter of intent addressed to Mayor Yñigo Jesus Romualdo and his confirmation will only be required. As of now, 3 carabaos and 1 cow have been approved for dispersal.

MAO is also currently strengthening poultry and piggery certification by urging commercial businesses who violate and lack necessary permits to comply and submit their certifications. This includes Environmental Compliance Certificate (commercial level only), barangay certification, locational clearance, building permit, MAO certification, and business permit.

Alongside these livestock driven programs are also programs that local farmers and land use of Mamabajao are supported and protected with. Currently, MAO is conducting Due Tagging within production areas in Mambajao, identifying Strategic Agriculture and Fisheries Development Zones (SAFDZ) vital in comprehensive land use plans and objectives on implementing the system that will account for the remaining suitable areas for agriculture in the municipality.

“Ang usa sa mandates sa MAO is to protect prime agricultural lands. Absolutely, there is no conversion of rice areas. Kay kita Camiguin, kita ang pinakataas og rice per capita consumption sa whole Region 10 at 118.8 kilos per person per year.”

(One of MAO’s mandates is to protect prime agricultural lands. Absolutely, there is no conversion of rice areas. Camiguin currently has the highest rice per capita consumption in Region 10 at 118.8 kilos per person per year.)

The annual consumption of Camiguin is 523 metric tons per year, with only an annual production of 459 metric tons, lacking 64 metric tons to feed everyone. In lieu of this concern, MAO is encouraging farmers to grow corn as an alternative for rice in their rice and corn program.

Free seeds from DA has already granted 24 farmers with 28 sacks of corn, 145 farmers with 60 bags of insect variety rice, with 120 sacks of fertilizer, and aplan rice variety is also being reintroduced. (RLT/PIA-10/Camiguin)