DA assures sufficient rice supply in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture regional office in the Zamboanga peninsula gave its assurance to the public that there is sufficient rice supply in the region.

The assessment conducted by DA-9 revealed a robust and sufficient rice harvest in ZamPen, showcasing the effectiveness of strategic agricultural policies and the dedication of local farmers. The region’s commitment to elevating agricultural practices and embracing modern technologies has played a pivotal role in this achievement.

“If we see the situation of the rice in ZamPen, we can really feed the rice eaters and the population in the region,” said Marissa Mohammad, DA-9 OIC Regional Technical Director for Operation.

Mohammad also emphasized that climate change, lack of irrigation facilities, and conversion or more commercial building construction, which leads to smaller rice areas, are some of the factors that affect rice production in the region.

One of the key pillars of the DA’s support is the focus on enhancing the efficiency and productivity of rice farming. Through the introduction of advanced agricultural practices and the distribution of high-quality seeds, farmers in ZamPen have experienced increased yields, paving the way for not just self-sufficiency but also surplus production.

Rice distribution in NFA Zamboanga City on September 2023.

In addition to technological interventions, the DA has been actively promoting community engagement and knowledge-sharing among farmers. Farmers cooperatives and training programs have empowered local communities to leverage collective expertise, fostering a spirit of collaboration that enhances the overall resilience of the agricultural sector.

Further, the Department of Agriculture, through the National Rice Program, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), and Regional Field Offices, launched this year’s National Rice Awareness Month celebration with the “Be RICEponsible” campaign as its theme until 2028.

DA-9 encouraged residents to embrace a “RICEponsible” mindset by actively supporting and patronizing local rice varieties. It also recognized the significance of sustainable agricultural practices and the role consumers play in bolstering the local economy. By making the conscious choice to prioritize local rice, consumers not only contribute to the prosperity of local farmers but also play a crucial role in fostering food security and self-sufficiency in the region. (KSA/RVC/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

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