Sunday, April 19, 2015

Alcala To Grace 8th Farmers, Fisherfolk Day In Capiz

Alcala To Grace 8th Farmers,
Fisherfolk Day In Capiz

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala will grace the 8th Farmers and Fisherfolk’s Day celebration, part of the annual CAPIZtahan, at Villareal Stadium, Roxas City on April 14. 

The farmers’ day theme is “Agrikultura: Pasanyugon Para sa Bugana nga Pagkaon,” It will be attended by around 2,500 farmers, fisherfolk, members of registered cooperatives and associations, agricultural extension workers, and local government officials. This is in support to the Food Staple Sufficiency Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA). 

An interesting highlight is the conduct of the Farmer’s Market Day wherein various agri-fishery products from the different municipalities in Capiz will be showcased. 

Sec. Alcala will lead the distribution and granting of 50 bags of certified seeds, 15 bags of open-pollinated variety of corn seeds, three units of handtractors, two units of floating tillers, four units of rice threshers, five units of pumps and engine sets, two units of corn shellers, assorted vegetable seeds, two packets of goats, veterinary drugs and biologics. 

Moreover, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will also give 20 units of pumps and engines for fisheries. The offices of the provincial agriculturist and veterinarian will provide 32 knapsack sprayers and four piglets to the farmer-participants. 

Two representatives from Calitan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Tapaz Farmers Association will be sharing their agricutural experiences and best practices on that day. 

To recall, Sec. Alcala last year spearheaded the inauguration of several agri-fishery projects in Capiz including the P200 million Communal Irrigation Project in Maayon, P10 million worth of “AA” slaughterhouse in President Roxas, and AHON project in Pilar. 

Aside from the production supports, the DA Regional Field Office 6 had already established market linkages for APAMI products of Capiz through promotion in the local and international trade fairs. Value chain analyses on special rice such as red, black and white aromatic rice as well as benchmarking studies on selected commodities were already conducted as preparation for the ASEAN Economic integration. Two enterprise development projects—the Shellfish and the Live Grouper Production and Marketing—are already approved under the Philippine Rural Development Project. /MP

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