Central Visayas - The COVID-19 situation has brought more awareness among people about eating healthy. Considering the high level of awareness, it is essential to push further the work around high-value crops, such as fruits and vegetables, production and consumption.
The growing support towards rice farmers continue in Bohol and Negros Oriental. In view of intensifying local farmer technicians (LFTs) knowledge and skills on how to use rice machineries, two batches of training for Rice Crop Establishment using Mechanical Transplanter were conducted in Bohol and Negros Oriental on 12 – 16 April 2021 and 19 - 23 April 2021, respectively.
Bohol - Accordingly, indigenous people have been practicing sustainable agriculture since time immemorial. Indispensably, it is important to further educate members of the indigenous community on the updated organic vegetable production.
Central Visayas – The food processing industry provides the foundation for the food safety system. Safety of the consumer is a top priority by ensuring the quality of materials, products and processes in the food industry.
Bohol – The province of Bohol is the major rice producer in Central Visayas region. The Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) program will further support the region in ensuring food security and to make the country’s agriculture sector viable, efficient and globally competitive.
Central Visayas – Twenty-one (21) agricultural extension workers (AEWs) from Negros Oriental were trained on Internal Guarantee System (IGS) for organic farming. The training was held on 6 – 8 April 2021 at the Holy Family Formation Center, Bacong, Negros Oriental.
Cebu is the top producer of corn in Central Visayas, while Negros Oriental comes next after Cebu. Next to rice, corn is the second staple food for us, Filipinos. Households in the rural areas engage in corn production for their own consumption. However, increase of corn productivity has always been the primary concern in every agricultural development effort.
Central Visayas - The market opportunities, globally, for tablea and cocoa products are growing, as there are an increasing number of cafes and restaurants offering chocolate drinks.
Central Visayas - Extension works for agriculture extends to those people who have special needs. On 23 – 25 March 2021, twenty (20) people with disabilities (PWD) had undergone training on organic agriculture in the province of Siquijor.
Central Visayas - Twenty-five participants were trained on a 12-day intensive Training of Trainers (TOT) on Production of High Quality Inbred Rice, Seed Certification, and Farm Mechanization. The training was held on 15 – 26 March 2021 in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. The training was a combination of face to face and online lectures.