The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist continuously implemented through the years its mandated tasks of promoting and supporting the local farmers by giving technical assistance and agricultural interventions to further advance their welfare as the most important sector in our community.
With the unrelenting support of the Department of Agriculture through the Provincial Government of Aurora, OPAg progressively attained its status as rice self- sufficient in the midst of various factors that hinder the growth in the sector. Disaster resiliency programs and rejuvenation programs were adopted to ensure their adaptability thus hampers the adverse effect of climate change and natural disasters.
Moreover, the Department gradually shifts its developmental focus whereas commercialization of a range of emerging and potentially high-value crops with superior marketing appreciation both in locally and abroad were also given priorities. Furthermore, as mandated by law to fully implement the RA 10068 or Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, the department is persistent in its implementation whereas innovations on promotions, continuous dialogues, and technical supports were handed over to various groups.
The introduction of new ideas in agri-business and the establishment of Food Terminals also emerged as a new trend in the field of agriculture. The aggressive and inclusive approach in the development of the sector was noticeable in the implementation of both local and national programs.
Meanwhile, an improvement in the orientation of Gender and Development in the agricultural sector where notably progressed due to the consistent involvement of rural women and the youth sector on the income-generating projects initiated by the Department. These include but not limited to food processing of locally produced and organic fertilizer production.
On the other hand, continual fishery programs such as province-wide regulatory training and training on freshwater fish productions were conducted through the years to ensure the sustainability of marine products as well as freshwater produced.
Aurora will be a major food producer, characterized by the active participation of all sectors with a vibrant agro-industrial rural economy, dynamic, organized, and self- reliant farmer entrepreneurs, modern and efficient production, processing and marketing coupled with modern communication and information system based technology.
Ensure the development of the agriculture and fishery sector through economic upliftment and social equity, food security, rational use of resources, sustainable, and people empowerment.
1. Be in the frontline of the delivery of basic agricultural services, particularly those needed for the survival of the inhabitants during and in the aftermath of man- made and natural disasters and calamities;
2. Ensure that maximum assistance and access to resources in the production,
processing and marketing of agricultural products are extended to farmers and local entrepreneurs;
3. Help increase the productivity and net income of the total farm families to ensure food security and self-sufficiency.
Duties and Functions (OPAG):
- Ensure the delivery of basic services and provision of adequate facilities relative to agricultural services;
- Ensure that maximum assistance and access to resources in the production, processing, and marketing of agricultural and aqua-cultural and marine products are extended to farmers, fishermen and local entrepreneurs;
- Conduct or cause to be conducted location-specific agricultural researches and assist in making available the appropriate technology arising out of and disseminating information on basic research on crops, preventive and control of plant diseases and pests, and other agricultural matters which will maximize productivity;
- Assist the Local Chief Executive in the establishment and extension services of demonstration farms or aquaculture and marine products;
- Enforce rules and regulations relating to agriculture and aquaculture;
- Coordinate with government agencies and non- governmental organizations which promote agricultural productivity through appropriate technology compatible with environmental integrity;
- Be in the frontline of the delivery of basic agricultural services, particularly those needed for the survival of the inhabitants during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters;
- Recommend to the sanggunian and advise the LCE on all other matters related to agriculture and aquaculture which will improve the livelihood and living conditions of the inhabitants.
List and Brief Description of Projects, Programs, and Services
- Rice Production Program
One of the priority programs of the department is concentrated in raising the farmers’ productivity and competitiveness by providing various agricultural incentives, both technical and financial.
- Core Production Program
Aims to increase productivity and production of quality corn for human consumption, feeds and industrial uses, as well as improve farmers’ income and quality of life
- Cassava Production Program
A program intended to develop cassava as a viable alternative source of raw materials for industrial production and enhance industry competitiveness.
- Organic Agriculture Program
As mandated by the national law aims were designed to promote, propagate, further develop, and implement the practice of organic agriculture in the Philippines towards a competitive and sustainable organic agriculture industry.
- High-Value Crops Development Program
Helps to promote the production, processing, marketing, and distribution of high-value crops.
- Strengthening of Rural Based Organizations/P4MP
A program that strengthens the RBOs and their links to the government and other NGOs because they constitute a significant segment of the population labor force that can be tapped to enhance the productivity of the sector. This program is geared toward the creation of more opportunities and exposures.
- Gender and Development Program
A program that mainstreams gender equality and equity in the agriculture sector. It promotes equal participation and access to resources, assistance, and services in agriculture.
- Agribusiness and Marketing
Refers to agriculture-related activities that put farmers, processors, distributors, and consumers within a system that produces, processes, transports, markets, and distributes agricultural products.
- Program on Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Includes enforcement of fishery laws and ordinances and protection and management of coastal areas and marine resources. This program also provides technical assistance, livelihood, and advisory services to the fisherfolks.
- Institutional Development Program
A program designed to equip the organic personnel of the department additional knowledge, improve skills and attitude, and fully understand the roles and tasks in the organization.
- Araw ng Magsasaka at Mangingisda
An annual celebration in recognition of the vital role of farmers and fisherfolks in the economic development of the province.
- Agricultural Support for Disaster Risk Reduction Management Program
This program promotes new opportunities and pressing challenges in reducing and managing disaster risk in agriculture; also adequate management efforts towards agriculture are strengthened.
- Special Programs in Agriculture
Covers programs and activities that cannot be classified into major programs of the department but considered as equally important as they are. This includes maintenance and operation of the apiary, mushroom production, Agricultural Farmer’s Information and Technology Services Center (APAFITSC), and agricultural support to indigenous people.
- Comprehensive Agricultural Development Plan
A development plan what will identify the potential of different agricultural products, priority programs, and projects as well as resources required to implement them.
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|Mailing Address||Provincial Agriculture Office|
ATC COmpound, Sitio Setan,
|Contact Number||0977-854-8369 (Globe)|