“We hope that we can produce not only sugarcane but also rice. This way, the workers will have harvest in three to four months,” he said. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (left) of Negros Occidental leads the ceremonial planting of the first palay seeds in the block farm of Hacienda Bagacay Workers CARPer Beneficiaries Association in Barangay Aranda, Hinigaran town on June 17. The Sugarcane-Rice Intercropping System Project aims to maximize utilization of sugarcane areas for intercropping with rice to support the food security program of the province. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL BACOLOD City – The provincial government of Negros Occidental has collaborated with the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) for the launching of Sugarcane-Rice Intercropping System Project in Barangay Aranda, Hinigaran town.The ceremonial planting of the first palay seeds was held in the block farm of Hacienda Bagacay Workers CARPer Beneficiaries Association on June 17.Hacienda Bagacay Workers CARPer Beneficiaries Association is the pioneer host of the project in the province. “You are the pioneers. There is a study that shows this is possible, that we can do this. If we will be successful, the others will also follow,” he said. “If we can plant rice in even just half of the sugarcane areas, it will be a big addition to our rice supply,” he said. Lawyer Ignacio Santillana of the SRA Office of the Deputy Administrator for Research, Development and Extension Department, for his part, said that the intercropping project is one way to ensure food security not only in this province but also in the country since the Philippines continues to import rice. Reynaldo Bacordo of the Hacienda Bagacay Workers CARPer Beneficiaries Association said he is also hopeful that the project will be sustained through the help of the government agencies since they have more areas to plant rice in their sugarcane farm. Negros Occidental is dubbed the sugar capital of the Philippines for producing about 60 percent of the country’s sugar output. (With a report from PNA/PN) Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, who led the launching activity with Mayor Nadie Arceo, thanked the farmers for their cooperation as he hoped that the project will be successful. Masculino added that the governor is keen on pursuing the intercropping project because this province is a rice deficit province. Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino, meanwhile, said that they aim to maximize the areas in the province devoted to sugarcane, which span some 189,000 hectares. “Through intercropping, even just in the block farm level, we hope to address it. Our long-term objective is after the farmers are able to meet their needs, they can also sell their produce. It is also our goal to meet the demand for exotic rice in a unique market niche,” he added.
While in Bad Grogging, the team played four friendly games (a 3-3 draw with Freiburg U19s; a 1-2 loss to Saudi Arabia U20s; a 3-1 win over AFR Aelen and; a 1-1 draw with Red Bull Salzburg) as they seek to win the FIFA U20 World Cup for the first time.Two-time runners up at the competition, in 1989 and 2005, Nigeria took the bronze medals at the 1985 finals staged in the former Soviet Union.Team Captain Ikouwem Udoh Utin said that the camping exercise in Germany has helped the team blend very well.“Our time in Germany has really helped us to come together as a group, blend with one another as well as learn new things from our coaches,” Utin enthused.“It has been a wonderful experience here in camp. The boys now understand one another better and we have perfected our plans as we go into the tournament. We want to make Nigeria proud in Poland and we will do our best not to disappoint Nigerians. Our aim is to go all out and win the trophy for Nigeria. We also want to thank the NFF and Nigerians for their support and we will go there and represent Nigeria well.”IK Sirius of Sweden striker Henry Offia is also optimistic that the team will go far in Poland 2019 and the lessons learned in camp will go a long way to help actualise this aim.“I’m really happy and grateful to be part of this team. This is my first time with any of the national teams and I’ll do my best not to disappoint,” Offia stated, adding: “We’ve had a good time in camp, learned a lot from the coaches and hopefully we put all into practice in Poland. It will be a tough competition no doubt but we are determined to go out there and make Nigeria proud. I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’ll make best use of it.”17-year old goalkeeper Jonathan Zacalla, who is also one of the new faces in the team believes this team will give their best in Poland. Zacalla, who plays for Triestina in Italy also stressed that the camping exercise has helped develop his game which hopefully will translate to a good outing in Poland.“The camping exercise was tough but I enjoyed every bit of it. It was a good experience for me and the other players,” he revealed. “I’m hopeful of a good outing in Poland and will continue to work hard to make it happen. Our coaches have done a lot in training and I hope we can use that to good effect when the U20 competition starts.”The team was boosted by a visit to the camp on Thursday by President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi and Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr.Nigeria will start her FIFA U20 World Cup campaign on 24th May against Group D foes Qatar before other duels against USA and Ukraine. Nigeria’s Under-20 boys, Flying Eagles have landed in Poland for this year’s FIFA U20 World Cup after rounding off a three-week residential training at Bad Gogging on the outskirts of Munich, Germany on Saturday.The team flew out Germany via Munich on yesterday morning for the final leg of preparation for the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup that starts on 23rdMay. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Rohr in Flying Eagles Camp