Serbisyong Suarez sa Agrikultura

"Empowering Farmers and Fisher Folk through Sustainable Production"


 

QUEZON HERBAL PROGRAM

 

The Quezon Herbal Program is an initiative of the Provincial Government of Quezon through Gov. David "Jay-Jay" Suarez to reintroduce the use and propagation of medicinal plants.

The Program aims to create an alternative to health care among Quezonians through the use of a more economical approach to health with the use of medicinal plants instead of the conventional medications available in the market. This will also create an alternative source of livelihood by creating jobs particularly for the farmers and will likewise make way for the development of new products that have potential for local and even a much wider distribution (outside Quezon and international).


FARMER'S PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

 

Quezon, a primarily agricultural province, is known as the "food basket" of CALABARZON. It is then only natural that its agriculture sector enjoys hefty support from the administration of Gov. David "Jayjay" Suarez. Through working hand-in-hand with the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), various activities have been implemented to improve the crop production rate of the province.


Since 2010, from a rice sufficiency rating of 44.17%, the province's rating increased to 57.67% last 2012.


Aside from the rice industry, Gov. Suarez also seeks to improve the production of corn to meet the growing demand of CALABARZON. This will be under the Famers' Productivity Enhancement Program (FPEP) for corn - considered as the most ambitious agricultural program the province has ever undertaken.


First implemented in the six (6) municipalities of Bondoc Peninsula (namely Buenavista, Mulanay, San Narciso, Catanauan, San Francisco, and San Andres), FPEP for corn had an initial 165 corn farmer beneficiaries.


The program has five components:


 
  • Production Enhancement - agricultural inputs like corn seeds, fertilizers, and chemicals are given to co-operators to achieve the target yield of corn.
  • Establishment of Common Service Facilities - tractors, corn shellers and flatbed dryers are made available in the said six municipalities through the OPA-ARCCESS partnership with the Department of Agrarian Reform. This was done to facilitate faster land preparation and to maintain the quality of corn grains.
  • Marketing - Quezonassisted the marketing of corn grains through linkage with feed millers and processors. Provincial trucks were provided to transport the corn grains from the project sites to post-harvest facilities and warehouses.
  • Capability Building - farmer co-operators are provided with seminars and trainings in order to increase their technical capability, and to update them with new technologies in corn production. In addition to this, other livelihood seminars focusing on livestock, vegetable/rice production, meat processing and detergent soap making were made available for them. The co-operators are also organized into associations and are registered in DOLE.
  • Job Generation - under the FPEP, the co-operators are hired as Job Order employees working in their own corn fieldsduring the cropping period. The salaries they receive serve as their additional income for daily expenses, and unforeseen circumstances in the course of the program operation. In addition, 4 of these farmers-turned-Job Order employees serve as Agricultural Technicians assisting the OPA staff in monitoring the FPEP sites.

COCONUT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

 

Quezon Province is the biggest coconut producer in the Southern Tagalog Region,and in the whole island of Luzon. But for the past two decades, it has been observed that Quezon is not the leading province in terms of percentage share in the Philippines' gross coconut production. In view of this, the provincial government and Gov. David "Jayjay" Suarez developed programs to restore the province's title as the country's top coconut producer.


 
  • QUEZON SEEDFARM
    The Quezon Seed Farm was established in Brgy. Sto Domingo, Calauag to cater the farmers' demand for high-yielding coconut varieties. The seed farm is planted with selected cultivars and is projected that upon reaching productive stage, these will produce good quality coconuts - which will also serve as the source of seed nuts for the commercial planting and replanting program of the province.
  • ESTABLISHMENT OF COCO-NURSERIES
    In order to sustain the production of the coconut growing areas, Quezon established coco-nurseries instrategic locationsto continuously supply the need for coco seedlings.
  • DISTRIBUTION OF COCONUT SEEDS
    The Provincial Government of Quezon initially distributed 150,000 seed nuts. Out of 150,000 seed nuts, 56.36% germinated and 70,670 good quality seedlings have been planted to 7,067 hectares - which benefited 345 coco farmers. This planting/replanting activity is projected to annually produce an additional 5,653.60 MT of coconut in copra terms upon reaching the productive stage.
  • LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE-CUM-TRAINING
    -Coco Fiber Twining
    November 2013 marked the launching of Coconut Fiber Training, intended to uplift the economic status of coconut farmers and to contribute to the demand forfiber products in domestic and foreign markets. For this activity, the OPA partnered with local government units, and private enterprises: Tropical Prime Coir (TPC) of CEO Jesus Galan, and CocosNucifera Pacific Enterprises (CNPE) of PM Edwin Gulciferica.

COCONUT INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

 

The OPA's Pest and Diseases Management Team immediately addresses infestations as observed and reported by local government units, rural-based organizations, and local farmers. Recently, the threat posed by scale insects has reached Quezon Province. First observed on June 2013 in 1st and 2nd District, the OPA has since collaborated with PCA and RCPC to devise possible methods and strategies to control the spread of the infestation in coconuts and fruit-bearing trees. The infestation remains to be a problem, but the Provincial Government of Quezon continues to press on in order to eradicate the scale insects.


 
  • Establishment of Bio-Control Laboratory for Mass Rearing of Coccinellid Beetles
    The Biological Control Laboratory was installed in Brgy. Talipan, Pagbilao last October 1, 2013. The laboratoryproduces coccinellid beetles, which are naturally-occurring agents against scale insects.
  • Spraying and Injection of Pesticides

ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

 

With more people growing mindful about the safety of the food they eat, organic farming has steadily gained popularity in the local and international scene. And in Quezon, the local government especially supports the cultivation of organic produce.


Gov. Suarez is proud to share that Quezon is the first province in the country to form and implement a system that safeguards and guarantees that products being sold are organic: the Quezon Participatory Guarantee System (QPGS) - recognized by MASIPAG Organization and the UPLB Agricultural Systems Cluster.


Through Executive Order No. 32 s. 2010, the Provincial Organic Agriculture Technical Committee was created to further uphold organic farming in Quezon. The province also supports organic farmers by hosting an organic market every Friday at Perez Park, called OK sa Quezon (formerly Quezon Organic Producers Association) - established on May 27, 2011.


GULAYAN SA PAARALAN (DAVID S)

 

The Developing Agriculture thru Vegetable Integration Drive in School (DAVID S), more commonly known as GulayansaPaaralan, is a province-wide project which incorporates vegetable farms in public schools throughout Quezon.


Students from these schools plant and grow vegetable seeds provided by the government in "farms" - which are simply small sections of land in the school grounds. When these plants mature, they shall be harvested and eaten by the same students who planted them.


Aside from appreciation for the hard work farmers put into growing produce, the students also learn about the nutritional importance of consuming vegetables. The decreasing trend in the number of malnourished school children since July 1, 2013 - the date when the project was initiated - testifies to this activity's success.


AGRIESKWELA (Farmers' Field School for Quezon Province)

 

To ensure that farmers in Quezon Province have sufficient knowledge and technical skill in modern agricultural approaches and technology, the Office of the Provincial Agriculture continues to implement trainings and seminars with the Famer's Field School (FFS).


Under the FFS, participating farmers attend a 16-day educational program - which includes demonstration trials for specific studies selected by the participants, and technical assistance aside from the usual training module.


The Department of Agriculture, other government institutions, and non-government offices serve as partners of Quezon Province in funding and implementing some of the field schools.


GAWAD SAKA

 

GawadSaka is a yearly undertaking conducted nationwide by the Department of Agriculture in partnership with other government institutions such as the Province of Quezon, non-government offices, and the private sector in order to recognize the outstanding performance and contribution to society of farmers, fisher folks, livestock raisers, and rural/agricultural groups.




FISHERIES AND MARICULTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

 

Quezon has 221 hectares of coastline, with over a hundred coastal barangays. Gov. Suarez recognizes that aside from planting and harvesting crops, Quezonians also eke out a living from the waters that surround them.


 
  • FISHERY LIVELIHOOD AND PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
    To increase the income of small and marginal fisher folk, fishing gears/paraphernalia are distributed to fishing communities.Production inputs were also given to fish cage and backyard fishpond operators such as fingerlings of the bangus, tilapia, and pangasius variety, large prawns, crablets, and bags of feeds.
  • ADOPT A REEF PROJECT
    The Adopt-A-Reef Project is a concept where the Provincial Government of Quezon provides materials to create an artificial reef for fish to lay eggs on, which will then then be turned over to the care of coastal communities through their barangay council, Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC), and other concerned sectors in the area. The project focuses on providing a sustainable solution to the growing demand for seafood.
  • CULTIVATION OF EDIBLE SEAWEED
    Thirteen (13) tons of edible seaweeds were provided for the municipalities of Calauag, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Pollilo, and Burdeos, which their townsfolk could cultivate and sell.
  • FISH HATCHERY
    The Unisan Fish Hatchery was launched last June 2013, and is the first fish hatchery in the country to care for and propagate pompano and sea bass - both sought after high-value fish species. It is expected to increase revenue for the province, as well as generate more employment opportunities.
 
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