DA RFU-8 bares NFRS Project outputs

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Created on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 Published Date

 

Tacloban City- The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 8 has completed its implementation of the National Farmers’ Registry System (NFRS) and its results were presented in the Joint NFRS-ISAFI Project Review conducted on March 9, 2012 at the Leyte Park Hotel, this city.

 

NFRS is a voluntary registration system developed by the DA which aims to establish a reliable database of farmers and farm parcels. Out of the 157, 463 target farmers here in Leyte, 97, 703 or 65.3% were able to register. From this figure, 58% comprises the male population and 42% for the female. Sixty percent (60%) of farmers registered are elementary graduates while only 31% are members of Farmers/Irrigators Association. It was also observed that farmers aged 60 and above cover the most number of registered farmers with 29.6%.

 

                For the type of farm, about 43% owns a rainfed upland farm, irrigated and rainfed lowland with 22% and 35%, respectively. Average Farm area is below 1.0 hectare. The commonly used farm production machineries are plow, sprayer, rice transplanter, harrow, farm tractor and hand tractor, the latter covers the most number. For the post production machineries, about 1, 383 farmers own a thresher. Meanwhile, the most number of small scale irrigation systems are small farm reservoir and open source pump with 204 and 196, respectively.

Results also showed that the municipality or city with the highest number of registered farmers (5,052) is Baybay City, and the best performing municipality based on the validated targets and farmers registered is the Municipality of Tabango (3,646 registered farmers and 3,708 validated).

Asec. Romeo S. Recide, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning of the DA Central Office lauded the region for successfully implementing the NFRS and the Inventory System for Agriculture and Fisheries (ISAFI). “We are grateful for the cooperation you have shown. We did not make a mistake in choosing this region/province,” he said.

DA-RFU 8’s Regional Executive Director Antonio G. Gerundio is likewise happy that Leyte was chosen as the pilot province for these projects. He challenged the implementers to benefit from this study in order to deliver the goods needed by clients. “We must do and conceptualize our projects based on real time information so that we can direct our activities to the problems we are facing,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Dr. Wilson A. Cerbito, RTD for Research and Regulations and Project Manager of these projects presented the feed forward activities that will be embarked by the department. He also talked about the operationalization, setting-up and sustainability of the Remote Sensing- Geographic Information System (RS-GIS) Laboratory. RTD Cerbito likewise assured that the completion report with analysis including the hard and electronic archives data will be submitted on or before June 30, 2012 and the e-data of these projects will be submitted in excel form as required by the DA-ITCAF. 

Dir. Agnes Catherine Miranda of the DA Central Office Planning Services in her closing message commended the region for providing a comprehensive database for NFRS and ISAFI. She hopes that this database will be utilized for analysis, planning, project development, monitoring and evaluation of future interventions. 

The DA-8 appeals for support from the Chief Executives and Local Government Units in the database co-management and further enhance the IT and Infrastructure Support component of these projects. (Calesterio, R.Q.)

 

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