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Friday, February 20, 2015

DAR-ZN turns-over SRI equipment, mallard ducks to DPIA

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Zamboanga del Norte has recently turned-over System of Rice Intensification (SRI) equipment and 980 mallard ducks to the Dipolog-Polanco Irrigators Association (DPIA) at Upper Turno this city.

DAR allocated P993,715 for the SRI subproject through its ARCP2, which is funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), inclusive of training for farmer-beneficiaries from Dec. 9, 2014 to March 24, 2015.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Moh. Dassan J. Adju disclosed that Zamboanga del Norte had received the biggest allocation among provinces because “they have seen our efforts and cooperation from the local government units (LGUs), farmers and the community.”

Meanwhile, City Agriculturist Jose Kerr Porlas said that the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte and the city government of Dipolog would give the DPIA additional 600 and 2,000 mallard ducks, respectively.

These mallard duck, locally known as “itik” are intended to control pests in the rice fields and for “balot-making” to give the farmers addidtional income.

The beneficiaries were given also five pieces of mechanical weeder and three pieces of 10-kilogram weighing scales.

For her part, Mayor Evelyn T. Uy told the farmer-beneficiaries “Dipolog will have more irrigated rice fields with the help of the national government and our counterpart funds.”