Ilocos Sur town is outstanding rice achiever

By Nila O. Argel, PIA 1, Ilocos Sur


CABUGAO, Ilocos Sur– This town was bagged the outstanding local government and agri-extension workers award for increased rice yield under the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers’ search.

Regional Executive Director Valentino C. Perdido, Department of Agriculture officer-in-charge,  said the award is under the DA’s National Rice Program for increased productivity.

Cabugao won the award for helping in the development of rice production in Region 1 for 2013. It also met the following criteria of the awarding bodies namely increase in rice production, yield increment and production area over 2012 levels, amount of budget allocated to rice projects and initiatives, number of farmers assisted and extent of quality seed utilization.

The town will receive P1 million-worth of project  grants while municipal Agriculturist Zenaida Andrada and Nereo Daproza, municipal rice program coordinator, were among the 500  extension  workers  who will receive cash incentive of P20,000 each.

Now on its third year, the search for the 2013 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards (APRAA) seeks to commend the hard work and support extended by farmers, agricultural technicians and local leaders in increasing productivity and income among rice farmers.

It strengthens participation to rice production among local  government  units for giving recognition to  highly performing provinces, cities and municipalities.

According to the DA, it will continue to conduct awards and contest to encourage the farmers and recognize them as the country’s unsung heroes.

The awards  include model  irrigators’  associations  and agricultural  extension  workers   for their  contributions to the attainment of the  department’s  food  self-sufficiency  program particularly in  rice production.

The evaluation for the awards covered the wet season from September 15, 2012 to March 15 2013 and  dry  season from March  16 – September 2013.

Awarding rites is tentatively scheduled on March 6, 2014 at the Resorts World, Manila.#