Iloilo City – The Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 announces the 2014 Gawad Saka Search for Outstanding Agri-Fishery achievers.
According to Director Larry P. Nacionales of DA 6, a total of 19 categories is at stake which individual farmers, fisherfolks, livestock raisers, agricultural organizations, and local government units can join.
“For the crops sector we have outstanding rice farmer, outstanding corn farmer, outstanding coconut farmer, outstanding high value crops farmer and outstanding sugarcane farmer. For livestock, we have outstanding large animal raiser and outstanding small animal raiser.” Nacionales announced.
He stressed that agricultural institutions can vie for outstanding young farmer/fisherfolk, outstanding young farmer organization, outstanding farm family, outstanding rural improvement club (RIC), outstanding municipal/city agricultural fishery council and outstanding provincial agricultural fishery council while the fisherfolks can vie for outstanding fish capture and fish culture categories.
Organic farmers can vie for outstanding organic farm. Other categories include outstanding barangay/municipal food terminal, outstanding agri-entrepreneur and outstanding agricultural scientist awards.
A cash award of P30,000.00 will be given to individual category winners while a project grant of P50,000.00 will be given to agricultural organization category winners plus trophies/citations. The bureaus of DA will also provide cash award of P50,000.00 to winners in their respective categories.
Gawad saka is an annual undertaking of the DA to give due recognition and pay tribute to dedicated individuals and institutions with exemplary accomplishments in their respective fields of endeavor and significant contribution to the country’s agricultural development. They are deemed worthy of emulation.
Nacionales encourages all agricultural sectors to actively participate in this year’s Gawad Saka search so as to emphasize social justice, equity, productivity and sustainability in the use of agriculture and fishery resources.
The Gawad Saka municipal winners in various categories will compete for the provincial level and the provincial winners will compete for the regional level and finally the regional winners will compete for the national level.
Gawad Saka timetable includes April 4 – submission of provincial winners to the regional office, April 7-16 validation/evaluation and documentation of winners, April 21-25 final packaging and preparation of endorsements and April 28 submission of regional nominees to the national Gawad Saka Secretariat. (JEEO/RAFID 6) /MP