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“Kalinga contributed to the Cordillera’s pride for reaping awards and cash prizes during the National Rice Achievers Award,” said Narciso Edillo, Regional Executive Director, Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office – Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-RFO-CAR).

He personally congratulated the people of Tabuk City during their celebration of the 17th Mataguan Festival and 11th City Founding Anniversary in Tabuk City, Kalinga on June 21, 2018.

In addition, Edillo recognized the efforts of farmers in the development of the country’s agricultural industry. He encouraged them to innovate for the improvement of their farm operations and to increase yield of production.

He furthered that farmers should take these opportunities since with the Duterte’s Administration support to the farmers is heightened. With the present administration, irrigation is now free and farmers can now avail crop insurance even they are not included in the Registry System for Basic sectors in Agriculture (RSBA). They just have to consult the Provincial/ City Agriculture Office for details of availing the services.

Moreover, DA is encouraging the households to go back to the basics thus they should be able to develop their own backyard gardens at least for home consumption.

Another point stressed by Edillo is for the farmers to think of the upcoming generation. They should start engaging their children to farm activities to continue their legacy as farmers. DA also supports the Gulayan sa Paaralan program to be able to help sustain agriculture and secure food for the country by teaching the children even at a young age.

The celebration was attended by about 2,000 farmers, traders, and members of cooperatives, youth clubs and rural improvement clubs within the City of Tabuk.

Agricultural achievers who have contributed to the city’s pride were also honored during the program.

Moreover, farmer organizations were also awarded with agricultural inputs such as rice and vegetable seeds; sasso chicks; and farm equipment that includes water pumps and hand tractor with complete accessories. This is to increase production of farmers and to support farm mechanization program. //KGawigawen