DA 6 bares outstanding 2014 Agri Rice Achiever Awardees

January 13, 2015 11:51 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Jan 13 — The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 6 (DA-RFU 6) Will be extending due recognition to its stakeholders that contributed to the region’s Rice Self Sufficiency Program (RSSP).

The Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards will be given to 58 Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs), five Local Farmer Technicians (LFTs) involved in rice production and one local government unit (LGU).

These awardees have contributed to the increase in production, increased yield and contributed much in achieving rice self-sufficiency in Western Visayas in 2014.

Regional executive director Larry P. Nacionales said that the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards is one of the many interventions and incentives to AEWs, LFTs, and LGUs in order to encourage commitment and ensure excellent delivery of agricultural services, technology transfer and adoption to the rice farmers.

From Iloilo the AEW awardees included nine from Passi City; five each from Cabatuan and Dingle; four each from Calinog and Tubungan and three each from Badiangan, Bingawan and Pavia; two from each of from the towns of Banate, Janiuay, Oton, Sta. Barbara and Tigbauan and one each from municipalities of Batad, Miag-ao, New Lucena, Pototan, San Enrique and San Rafael.

Meanwhile, Banga, Aklan has three AEW awardees; two from Dumalag, Capiz and one from Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.

Sta. Barbara and Passi City in Iloilo have two LFT awardees each and one from Pavia. The local government unit of San Enrique, Iloilo was named outstanding while Dingle, Iloilo and Dumalag, Capiz will be given special citation awards.

Each AEW and LFT will receive a cash award amounting to P20,000.00 while the outstanding municipality will be given a Php1.0 million worth of project that will further boost the rice industry in their locality.

Agri-Pinoy rice program action officer Rene B. Famoso said that the awardees were evaluated based on their production data in 2013 versus 2014, yield increment and production, trainings conducted and attended, internal revenue allotment given to the agriculture program, allocation of personnel to the rice program, use of quality seeds, road map, number of farmers and clusters assisted and submission of reports.

Western Visayas ranked number three as highest rice producing region in the country with a production of 2,065,166 metric tons and sustain an average yield of 3.46 metric tons per hectare last year.

The DA 6 has yet to determine the date and venue of the awarding ceremonies of the winners this first quarter of 2015. (PNA)

CTB/AJP/DA-PR/VLO

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