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The search is on for Agri – Pinoy Rice Achievers 2013

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This year’s rice increase production is made possible through the joint effort of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Provincial and Municipal Local Government Units (LGU), the Agricultural Extension Workers (AEW) Irrigators Associations (IAs), and Small Water Impounding System Farmers Association (SWISA).

Through this exemplary support and service, the administration is awarding those who have rendered great service and exceeded the production target  for this year 2013 as part of the Department of Agriculture's interventions and incentive system.

Last year, Zamboanga del Sur, Region IX, the pride of Gov. Antionio H. Cerilles received an award of 4 Million Pesos. The municipality of Bayog under the direction of Mayor Leonardo l. Babasa Jr., CPA and the municipality of Mahayag under the full support of Mayor  Lorna S. Espina received 1 Million Pesos each.  17 Agricultural Extension Workers (AEW) received  20 Thousand Pesos each.   

For the Provincial and Municipal LGU's to qualify in the search for 2013 Rice Achievers the criteria will be based on production, yield and performance increment over 2012 target, the number of rice related projects initiated and funded by the LGU including the number of farmers benefited, and high quality seed utilization.

There are  additional selection requirements for the Provincial LGU. These  cover the high quality seeds utilization should be at least 50%, must have attained the average yield target for 2012 under the Food Staple Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of 4 metric tons per hectare, and an updated FSSP roadmap and must be endorsed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. 

The basis for the selection of Outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers (AEW's) are the following: production and performance increment over the 2012 target, the number of farmers assisted, number of trainings, Farmers' Field School conducted, number of trainings attended and reports submitted.
The 2013 awards shall cover the Sept 16, 2012- March 15, 2013 dry season and March 16 - September 15, 2013 wet season. Agricultural Extension Workers include provincial extension workers and extension workers in the municipality/ city LGU's on contractual or job order basis who have rendered at least three (3) years of service.

The search for 2013 Rice Achievers is open to all provinces, municipalities, IA's, SWISA's, and  AEW's including the 2012 awardees. This is  the Aquino's Administration's way of thanking the rice farmers and producers for heeding their call on Food Staple  Sufficiency Program. (I. Cabeguin - DA IX)




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