July 18, 2018: ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol with Gov. Edgar Chatto, Vice Gov. Dionisio Balite, DA-7 RD Atty. Salvador Diputado and Talibon Mayor Restituto Auxtero led the launching of the 7th National Rice Technology Forum in Talibon town today. The forum highlights farming technology that allows farmers to be at the field to evaluate, assess and appreciate existing technology during the farming season with the aim to increase production and lower cost. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol reiterated commitment to address high fish price by introducing more fish to Bohol market in the short term financing for fisherfolk, fish farming and cold storage facilities. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol is guest at today's blessing and turnover of 55 fiberglass reinforced plastic pump boats with accessories in Loon town. The 55 boats will be distributed to beneficiaries in 31 coastal barangays of Loon which is part of the P2-M prize of the LGU for being among first 10 to register under Fish Registration (FishR) program of BFAR. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto and DA Sec. Manny Piñol led the ribbon cutting rites to open the Agri-Fair 2018 at the Bohol APC Grounds. The fair will run until July 21, 2018.

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The government said it attained 97-percent rice self-sufficiency last year and it is not abandoning its rice self-sufficiency target.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said that since rice is the staple food, the country cannot attain food security if there is no rice sufficiency.

He noted that the Department of Agriculture reported attaining 97 percent rice sufficiency in 2013.

The DA is also concentrating on promoting and producing high value crops that have potential in the global market such as bananas and pineapples, he said. The DA is also developing organic fruit products such as dragon fruit. 
The DA initially targeted to attain rice self-sufficiency in 2013. To attain its goal, the DA has partnered with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for the production and distribution of high-quality, stress-resistant seeds that can adapt to climate change; the prioritization of the development of new and modern technologies; and the dissemination of best agricultural practices and support tools, including skills-training for extension and field workers. (PND)

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