Negros Occidental is one of the finalists representing the Visayas in two categories for the 2012 Rice Achievers Award next month, Albert Barogo, agricultural engineer, said yesterday.
Along with Iloilo Province, Negros has finalists for the irrigator’s association and small water impounding system association. These are the Paselomac Irrigators Association of Bago City and the General Malvar Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative of Pontevedra, Barogo said.
He said he is proud of the local association and farmers’ groups of Negros for qualifying in the awards for rice production.
Pest incidence down in
2012 – DA Region 6
The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 6 has reported a significant decline in the number of areas affected by pests and diseases in Western Visayas last year compared with the infestation in 2011, a government press release said.
Regional Crop Protection Center entomologist Rene Famoso said tha,t from 9,179 hectares affected by defoliators in 2011, the number dropped to 3,510 hectares last year.
Stemborer infestation from 7,846 hectares in 2011 declined to 2,003; brown plant hopper from 1,354 to 306 hectares; green leaf hopper from 299 to 176 hectares and rice bug from 5,946 hectares 1,189 hectares, the press release said.
Currency facility for OFWs,
families from Syria launched
The Monetary Board has approved the opening of a Currency Exchange Facility that will allow Overseas Filipino Workers and their families returning from Syria to exchange Syrian currency for Philippine pesos, a press release from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said.
At present, the Syrian banknotes are not convertible to pesos. BSP Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr. said the facility was established as part of the BSP’s initiative to assist OFWs who were displaced by the conflict in Syria.
The BSP has assisted thousands of OFWs under four CEFs during the 1990 (Kuwait - Iraq war); 2003 (US - Iraq war); 2006 (Israel-Hezbollah conflict); and the 2011(Libyan conflict), the press release said.