“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

Farmers in the Cordillera are encouraged to plant root crops to sustain the nation’s quest for food self-sufficiency.

Department of Agriculture – CAR Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo, MA.Ed., gave this advice to farmers of Paracelis, Mountain Province during the conduct of the farmer’s day as part of the towns annual anniversary.

Director Edillo served as guest of honor and speaker during the event.

Root crops such as camote and cassava are healthy alternative to rice for Filipinos. It has great potential in the market and may be produced as additional source of income, Edillo said.

The major crops cultivated in the municipality are rice and corn and the good thing about root crops is it may be intercropped with corn. It can be planted after rice especially in rainfed areas.

According to Director Edillo, DA Secretary Manny Piñol encourages farmers to go back to the basics. This is in relation to the ASEAN integration where there is free flow of products from other countries so producing our own food is a way of ensuring that what we eat are safe.

Moreover, he also said that it is but proper to give recognition to the efforts of our “hero-farmers” that contributes to the development of the country’s agricultural industry. The agricultural extension workers (AEWs) that helped the DA in facilitating and monitoring interventions to the farmers were also recognized by Edillo.

He said that despite the fact that we do not regard the farmers as we do to other professions, it is not the time to be sentimental but rather to find more ways of strengthening the partnership between the government and the farmers.

For a country that basically relies on agriculture, we must enhance farm production and productivity amidst challenges of providing sufficient food for the Filipino. Director Edillo challenged the participants during the said celebration. //Karen T. Gawigawen