Davao Oriental adjudged anew as Agri-Pinoy Rice Achiever Awardee

Rotchie Ravelo (third from right) together with APRAA awardees and DA Secretary Proceso Alcala (far right)

PAGRI Department Head Rotchie Ravelo (third from right) and other APRAA awardees together with DA Secretary Proceso Alcala (far right)

PROVINCE OF DAVAO ORIENTAL – For its sustainable increase in rice production, the Province of Davao Oriental has been adjudged anew as one of the top five provinces in the country named as Agri-Pinoy Rice Achiever Awardee (APRAA) by the Department of Agriculture.

The awarding ceremonies was held in Manila on April 20, 2016 where Davao Oriental received recognition along with other provinces with outstanding performance in rice production for the year 2015.

Department Head of the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAGRI) Rotchie Ravelo, who received the award in behalf of Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, said this is yet another feat for the province after successfully winning the same recognition last year.

“Despite being hit by two major calamities — the Super typhoon Pablo in 2012 and Low Pressure Area ‘Agaton’ in 2014 — Davao Oriental’s rice production has steadily increased,” he said.

Based on the Provincial Rice Production Performance Data, Davao Oriental’s average yield rose from 4.47 MT per hectare in 2014 to 4.58 MT per hectare in 2015, which exceeds the national average of only 4.08 MT per hectare. This increase has also boosted Davao Oriental’s rice sufficiency level to 84 percent this year from 67 percent in the previous year.

In addition, the completed Cateel Irrigation Project is expected to boost the province’s rice production as it is set to irrigate additional 2,200 hectares of rice fields.

Based on the Provincial Rice Production Performance Data, Davao Oriental’s average yield rose from 4.47 MT per hectare in 2014 to 4.58 MT per hectare in 2015, which exceeds the national average of only 4.08 MT per hectare. This increase has also boosted Davao Oriental’s rice sufficiency level to 84 percent this year from 67 percent in the previous year.

Based on the Provincial Rice Production Performance Data, Davao Oriental’s average yield rose from 4.47 MT per hectare in 2014 to 4.58 MT per hectare in 2015, which exceeds the national average of only 4.08 MT per hectare. This increase has also boosted Davao Oriental’s rice sufficiency level to 84 percent this year from 67 percent in the previous year.

Ravelo said that this significant improvement is attributed to the Provincial Government’s flagship program on agriculture, particularly the Pagkain at Kita and Agri-Business Development Program and Food Intensification Program which has largely helped in addressing the province’s food security.

“Gov. Malanyaon, who strongly pushes for programs on food sufficiency, has intensified the province’s rice programs which has not only ensured sustainable rice production but also helped in generating productive employment for the poor,” said Ravelo.

To date, Davao Oriental is rated as the biggest producer of hybrid rice seeds in the Philippines and one of the top producers of good quality rice in different varieties which includes the widely promoted “Banaybanay Rice” commonly known as 7-Tonner.

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Ravelo said that the Provincial Government through its Provincial Agriculture Office assures to continue its goal to achieve a hundred percent food sufficiency level through the continuous implementation of intensified programs on agriculture.

Meanwhile, other provinces that received the APRAA award include Davao del Norte, Occidental Mindoro, Nueva Viscaya and Ilocos Norte. By KLD

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