(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 28 May 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BETTY" {MAWAR} was estimated based on all available data at 825 km East of Northern Luzon (17.1°N, 129.5°E), with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Trough of TY BETTY / Southwesterly Windflow. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from West to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas / (2.5 to 5.0 meters).

Thursday, April 20, 2023

DA launches hybrid rice program in Cantilan 

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur -- The Department of Agriculture - Caraga, in partnership with the local government unit of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur is implementing the 100-hectare Hybrid Rice Techno Derby for the upcoming dry cropping season.

With the LGU's bid to boost the rice production and yield in Cantilan, local chief executive Philip Arreza Pichay, expressed full support to the DA's hybrid rice program, during the opening ceremony  conducted  today, April 20, 2023.

Six (6) seed companies simultaneously conducted the Technical Briefing to orient the 70 farmer-cooperators in Cantilan on the proper management of hybrid rice production from seedling to harvest.

The techno derby  promotes hybrid rice to farmers and for them to discover  the benefits of planting hybrid rice as to its yield per hectare.

Present also in the activity were  Municipal Agriculturist, Ceasar Q. Blanco, Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Program Coordinating Office (DA-APCO) SDS  Chief June Anthony Ouano, together with the representatives from DA-Caraga Rice Program, and various private seed companies. (NGPB/LGU-MAO Cantilan/PIA Surigao del Sur)