(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 25 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 135 km West Southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.1°N, 120.0°E). Meanwhile, another LPA was estimated based on all available data at 880 km East of Eastern Visayas (11.1°N, 133.8°E). 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Wednesday, 19 June 2024

Agusan Sur farmers take limelight in Naliyagan Festival

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur -- Some 840 Upland Sustainable Agri-forestry Development (USAD) program farmer-enrollees participated in the one-day Farmers’ Day, designed to honor their positive response to the provincial government of Agusan del Sur’s (PGAS) drive to improve productivity and promote livelihood activities in remote villages.

This was in time of the 32nd Naliyagan Festival and 57th Founding Anniversary celebration of the province.

In his opening message, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Salimar “Loloy” Mondejar, the agriculture committee chair, acknowledged the efforts of then-governor, now Congressional Representative Adolph Edward "Eddiebong" G. Plaza of District 2, for instituting the USAD concept after typhoon Pablo devastated the southern portion of the province, destroying farmers’ houses and farms.

“I would like to recognize Rep. Plaza, the brainchild of the program, for always looking forward to the welfare and development of the Agsurnons. And to Governor Santiago Cane Jr. and Rep. Alfel Bascug of District 1 for allocating this day for USAD enrollees’ activities to recognize them as the backbone of the province’s economy,” Mondejar said.

PGAS consultant on agriculture Dr. Johnvie Goloran, presented a lecture titled “Relasyon tali sa yuta ug abono alang sa mokitang ani” (relationship between soil and fertilizer for good income yield). He emphasized that soil is the foundation of agriculture, with sixty percent of crops’ needs derived from it.

Dr. Goloran noted that agriculture in Agusan del Sur has not improved for decades but anticipated that the new modern and advanced soils laboratory, operational next year, will address this. He also affirmed that rubber is a suitable crop for the province’s mostly acidic soil.

During the event, USAD farmers displayed their produce in contests with cash rewards for the winners. 

The winners were:

•Lakatan Banana Contest: Melvert Lobreno (Talacogon)

•Cardava Banana Contest: Christopher Equipahe (Rosario)

•Kalabasa Contest: Malie Agripo (Sibagat)

•Camote Contest: Regie Casilagan (Rosario)

•Ube Contest: Antonio Adan Sr. (Veruela)

•Talong Contest: Guillermo Alinar

•Itlog Contest: Renaldo Manliguez (Rosario)

•Ampalaya Contest: Evelyn Mondejar (Talacogon) 

(David M. Suyao, PAMRE/PPIO-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)