(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 22 October 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 525 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (11.5°N, 130.5°E) embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao. Caraga Region will have Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to ITCZ / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming Northeast to Northwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.5 meters).



Monday, September 27, 2021

DA turns over P3M-worth food production facility to Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY -- To further boost its drive for food sufficiency and availability, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga turned over on Friday, another food production facility to the local government unit of Butuan.

The Urban Agriculture Facility established at Brgy. Pigdaulan amounts to P3 Million. It features a greenhouse, hydroponics, and a nursery with a fertigation system. Fertigation is an irrigation system in which the nutrients needed are already mixed with the water. Another component of the project is a season-long training which began in June.

In his message, Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada said the city government is grateful to the DA for its continued technical and project support for the agricultural development of Butuan City including the said project. He said the project would be a big support to the food production initiatives of the city especially in this time of pandemic where the need for food sufficiency is really felt. He also urged for the sustainability of the project.

Mayor Lagnada added that Butuan still has vast lands that can be developed for agricultural purposes and food sustainability will be achieved.

On the other hand, DA-Caraga Regional Technical Director Abel James I. Monteagudo said he hopes the facility, which is a food production system, will indeed be sustained so that more people can benefit from it.

Director Monteagudo added that the facility will serve as a model for farmers to see farming as a business enterprise. He said that one of the thrusts of the Department is to change the mindset of the farmers from production only towards farming as a business.

DA – Caraga High-Value Crops Development Program Coordinator Marco Antonio C. Morido said the modernized agriculture facility is a project funded by the DA Caraga under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act’s (Bayanihan II) Urban Agriculture Program. The Bayanihan II is a Republic Act in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. On the other hand, the Urban Agriculture Program aims to establish a resilient food system through urban farming to ensure food availability and accessibility.

In Caraga, there are five Urban Agriculture facilities, one each in Patin-ay, Agusan del Sur; Bislig City;  Bayugan City; and Surigao City. (Vanessa P Sanchez, DA Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)