DA bares rice sufficiency in Caraga-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) field unit in Caraga region revealed that the region has a sufficient production of rice and positive rice sufficiency level.
DA-Caraga operations and LGU support regional technical director Edgardo Dahino during the Rise for Rice Support the National Year of Rice Legislators’ Congress last week said the region has rice sufficiency level of 78.33 in 2011 and remarkably increased to 86.89 in 2012 and the subsequent years.
"Based on the Caraga Rice Sufficiency Level and Utilization data from 2011-216 with a population of 2,429,224 and growth rate of 1.5 percent based on 2010 National Statistics Coordination Board Survey, the region will have 100.24 sufficiency level in 2013 and expected to increase on the following years under normal condition," Dahino added.
Dahino said the region has a rice sufficiency level starting in 2013 and will rise to 111.90 in 2014; 112.22 in 2015; and 111.08 in 2016 granting that all variables like weather condition, population, increase of harvested area, rice production and yield, and other agricultural factors are considered.
It was revealed that there was low productivity of rice in 2011 and 2012 since the region was affected by the typhoons Sendong and Pablo.
In 2012, Caraga has a total harvested area of 155,041 hectares that actually produced a total of 469,205 metric tons (MT) of rice which yield at 3.03 MT per hectare.
Data presented shows that in 2012, Agusan del Sur has the highest rice production of 240,381 MT followed by Surigao del Sur with 84,550 MT, Agusan del Norte with 73,595 MT, Surigao del Norte with 64,852 MT, and Dinagat Province with 5,827 MT.
The 2013 Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of the DA-Caraga has a target of 547,484 MT. In the first semester of 2013, the actual production reached to 315,568 MT.
"With a good weather condition, we have our second semester FSS production target of 231,916 MT. which has an incremental target of 35,612 MT. compared to the 2012 second semester actual production of 196,304 MT.," Dahino added.
He revealed that the DA-Caraga has already prepared strategies and interventions in order to achieve the increased rice production and its yield and rice sufficiency in the region like through the opening of new areas of 3,383 hectares for rice production; the restoration of 3,733 hectares rice areas; the ratooning of 11,518 hectares; the provision of high quality seeds to irrigators associations and farmers association under pay now pay later plan with hybrid seeds, certified seeds (CS), and registered seeds; the CS subsidy from LGUs; the availment of weather-based insurance; and the provision of farm inputs like Zinc Chelate, Rodenticide, and Bactericide. (PIA)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 03, 2013.