On January 8, 2024, the NIA Zamboanga Peninsula and Department of Agriculture ZAMPEN started the year with a productive Convergence Meeting held at the NIA-9 Training Center in Balintawak, Pagadian City.
The primary objective of the meeting is to strengthen collaboration between the two agencies in terms of providing interventions and services to the local farmers. This includes members of the Irrigators Associations (IAs) under NIA and Farmers Associations (FAs) under DA. The meeting aimed to address the common challenges faced by farmers and maximize the distribution of interventions offered by the various programs of the Department of Agriculture. Additionally, discussions centered around the mitigating measures taken by the agencies to prepare areas vulnerable to El Niño.