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During the visit of Undersecretary for High Value Crops and Rural Credit Evelyn Laviña last year, she asked the farmers of Atok about their needs to improve their production. With that, the Haight’s Farm Association requested a vegetable nursery to produce quality vegetable seedlings that may serve as buffer in case of typhoon and other natural calamities that may cause major damage to standing crops.

A year after, on April 17, 2018, the Department of Agriculture (DA) under its High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) turned-over some Php 2 Million worth of vegetable seedling nursery to the Haight’s Farm Association.

The turn-over was attended by USec. Laviña and staff; DA-CAR Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Cameron P. Odsey; Regional HVCDP Coordinator Joan Bacbac and staff; Regional Agricultural Engineering Division Chief Filemon Salvador and staff; HVCDP Provincial Coordinator Delinia Juan; Andre Garcia, Diamond Star; Municipal Agriculturist Cherry Sano and staff; Councilor Pulmano Depnag, Committee Chairman on Agriculture and other municipal officials; barangay officials of Paoay; members of the Haight’s Farm Association and residents of Paoay, Atok, Benguet.

Eduard Haight, President of the Haight Farmers Association thanked USec. Laviña and the DA-CAR for their support to farmers.

“The nursery was given to the Haight’s Farm Association but it is for the farmers of Paoay,” announced Mr. Eduard Haight during the turn-over.

“This nursery is in support to you, farmers here in Atok. Because during our visit to farmers, we observed that we are way different from our neighboring countries,” USec. Laviña said.

So she encouraged the farmers to form organizations and strategize among themselves to create a value chain. “The success of one, is the success of all,” she added.

The drafted guidelines of operation for the seedling nursery was also presented to the participants for comments and suggestions.// Karen T. Gawigawen