Departments and Offices of the Local Government of Umingan
Enhance crop, livestock and fishery productivity thru the delivery of support services in order to alleviate the economic status of farmers in the municipality.
The municipality has a total 24,089.78 hectares of agricultural land as per Department of Agriculture Report, which covers 81 percent of its total land area. Being a primarily agricultural based municipality, based on DAR report, major crop farming activities are carried in a total area of 15, 579.5 hectares equivalent to 52.36 percent of the municipal area and 64.67 percent to the total agricultural area. All of this are devoted to agriculture but cultivated in different degrees, due to varying soil condition. About 4,622 hectares are irrigated, most of which is in Barangay San Andres; 6,674.24 hectares are rainfed; and 12,793.54 hectares upland.
The major crops cultivated in both irrigated and rainfed areas are palay, mongo beans, mango, squash, onion, sweet potato, cassava, corn and other rootcrops. In irrigated land, the municipality had a total agricultural crop production of 62,976.45 metric tons value at P491,033,600.00 the production and value per major crop.
Surplus rice/palay production are marketed through the National Food Authority (NFA). Other products such as corn, vegetables, legumes and rootcrops are sold to local market, mostly by residents from the municipality itself and nearby municipalities of Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija.
The Municipal Agriculture Office headed by the Municipal Agriculturist provides technical assistance to the farmers. It conducts demonstration farms, transfer new packages of technology, scouts the occurrence of pest and diseases, assists farmers in availing loans, and campaign for the planting of variety crops and the use of high yielding variety seeds, organic fertilizers utilization, multi-storey intercropping and soil sample collection.
The municipality has four (4) irrigation systems, Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP), Communal Irrigation System (CIS), Shallow Tube Well (STW), and Small Farm Reservoir (SFR) which supplies water of farmlands in the identified barangays. All the 58 barangays have portions of their areas with irrigation facilities, an irrigation project of NIA. The rest are serviced through private pumps.
Livestock and Poultry
As of 2000, the municipality has a livestock population of 16,427 of which 1,769 are carabaos, 4,946 are swine, and 3,836 are goat. Cattle and carabaos are predominantly used as working animals while goat and swine are raised for meat consumption. Carabaos are rarely slaughtered and sold to the public.
Aside from livestock, the municipality has a total poultry of 22,000, of which 11,600 are chicken (native cab.) 10,000 are duck (muscovy), 500 are turkey and 500 are geese.
The municipality has inland fishponds with a reported area of 16 hectares which includes in the agricultural land, approximately yielding 1.185 metric tons yearly. These are scattered along several barangays. Umingan fishponds derive their water from irrigation and rain. These local fishponds are swampy in nature and are the natural habitat of popular native fresh water fish species like “dalag”, “hito”, and “tilapia”. Surplus fishpond products are usually sold in the municipality and the neighboring towns.
Farmers Information & Technology Services (FITS) Center
FITS Center Umingan is a joint-project of Ilocos Region Agriculture Research Consortium (ILLARDEC), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), Department of Agriculture and the Local Government Unit of Umingan was launched on October 22, 2007. This program aims to empower the farmers, processors, traders, and entrepreneurs by making information and technology accessible during critical decision making on production, processing, trading and marketing activities. Effective and efficient access to information and technology improves agricultural productivity and sustains development in the countryside.
A one stop information of technologies in agriculture, forestry and natural resources that caters to the needs of the farmers, entrepreneurs, traders, processors and other stake holders.
Part of a service delivery system that facilitates the effective and efficient provisions of information and technologies to the clientele.
A dynamic feedback mechanism that packages and provides information and technology services based on the needs and characteristics of its clients.
A service resource center which is supported by a pool of experts to provide information and technological services in agriculture, forestry and natural resources.
* Provision of technology information in print, audio/video tapes and database formats.
* Exhibits new technologies, products and services.
* Production and dissemination of information, education and communication (IEC) materials, and sells reference and information materials.
Types of Information
* Source of planting materials
* Producers, traders, processors, equipment manufacturers, repair shops, and agricultural chemical outlets.
* Agriculture experts.
* Production, post-production and processing technologies
* Specific technical information
* Economic statistics
* Technology clinic and training
* Technical advisory and consultancy
* Sale of planting materials and agricultural inputs
* Linking clients to agricultural experts and financing institutions