STAKEHOLDERS’ FORUMIncoming Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Emmanuel Piñol (standing, above photo) holds a dialogue with farmers and other stakeholders of the agri sector at M’lang Muncipal Gymnasium prior to his assumption to office on June 17, 2016. (Lower photo) NFA-North Cotabato Provincial Manager Agerico Baquiran, Asst. Provincial Manager Robelito Campued and Sr. Grains Operations Officer Agnes Mayormita who attended the forum was shown with Sec. Piñol (2nd from left). (Sherryl Polo, correspondent)
DEMOLITION. After several months of postponement, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) finally conducted the demolition of the fence of NFA office and warehouse located along the National Highway (Cotabato-Davao Road) in Kidapawan City recently. The action was part of the clearing operations of structures within the road right of way and road control area to give way to the road widening project. (Sherryl V. Polo, Acting Information Officer)
PFAC 2nd Quarter Meeting. The Provincial Farmers Action Council in North Cotabato led by ITS Chairman Dante Cudal (3rd from right) held their 2nd Quarterly Meeting at the NFA Farmers Training Center in Kidapawan City recently. Among the issues and concerns tackled were insufficient water supply needed for planting, rat infestation in the Municipality of Pres. Roxas, quality of NFA Rice issued to Institutionalized Farmers As Distributors (IFAD), scarcity of seeds in the province. They agreed to bring these to the attention of concerned government agencies. Also in attendance are Asst. Provincial Manager are Robelito Campued (right) and Prov’l Industry Services Officer Jean Santos (2nd from right). (Sherryl V. Polo, Acting Information Officer)
Independence Day NFA 12 employees headed by Regional Director Marciano Alvarez (9th from right) joined the celebration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day on June 12, 2016 in Tacurong City. City Mayor Lina O. Montilla (8th from right) led the government employees in the flag -raising ceremony at the City Hall. The theme for this year’s celebration is " Kalayaan 2016: Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong". (Marissa O. Nuñez, Regional Information)
ROLLING STORENFA South Cotabato deployed a rolling store to the different barangays of the province to make affordable rice accessible to the consumers severely affected by the EL Niño phenomenon. In photo are (L-R) Asst. Prov’l. Manager Roque Hilario, Sr. Grains Operations Officer Evelyn Vermon, Sr. Grains Operations Officer Joel Celda, JO Elpidio Marquez and Driver Jo Are. (Luisito Mangayayam, Acting Information Officer)
NFA Region 12 participated in the recently held Regional Corn Market Forum initiated by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through its Agri-business and Marketing Assistance Division in Koronadal City. The forum was meant to assist the different associations of corn producers in the SOCCSKSARGEN area (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat , Saranggani and General Santos City) to meet with prospective buyers such as the Biotech Farm, Progressive Farm and the National Food Authority.
Today, the National Food Authority is vested the functions of ensuring the food security of the country and the stability of supply and price of the staple grain-rice. It performs these functions through various activities and strategies, which include procurement of paddy from individual bonafide farmers and their organizations, buffer stocking, processing activities, dispersal of paddy and milled rice to strategic locations and distribution of the staple grain to various marketing outlets at appropriate times of the year.