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Cordillera organic agriculture farmer’s show off their skills as they enthusiastically participated invarious competitions during the Farmers Fiestaheld at BAPTC, La Trinidad, Benguet on September 25-27, 2018.

The fiesta was part of the 5th Regional Organic Agriculture Congress cum Farmers Festival and Trade Fair Exhibit on its third day. Around 400 organic agriculture farmers and Local Government Unit (LGU) officials coming from Abra, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao and Mountain Province participated in this event.

One of the highlights of the farmer’s fiesta was the cooking contest showcasing our very own organic native chicken as the main dish and edible fern or ‘paco’ as the side dish. Two representatives from each provincepulled together to cook and present their assigned dish at a specified time. 

As a result, Mountain Province garnered first place for the side dish category entitling them a cash prize of 4,000 pesos. Benguet landed second place with a cash price worth 3,000 pesos while Ifugao won the third place with a cash prize of 2,000 pesos. The remaining provinces also received a consolation price worth 1,000 pesos each.

For the main dish competition, three provinces including Abra, Benguet and Mountain Province have a tie score for the first place. Each province received a total cash prize of 4,000 pesos each while the remaining 2 provinces received a consolation price worth 1,000 pesos each.

Overall, Mountain Province was hailed as first place for the cooking competition with an additional 2,000 pesos cash prize while Benguet landed as second place.

All the participating provinces also received a certificate of award.

On the other hand, Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-RFO-CAR) also gave away 5 heads of piglets as a prize in the native pig weight estimation. Benguet was able to take home 2 heads of piglets while Abra, Mountain Province and Kalinga got one each.

Another major contest during the congress was the best booth competition as part of the trade fair exhibit. Each booth showcased the different local organic products from the 5 participating provinces of Cordillera such as Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province. Booths were judged on the first day after the cutting of the ribbon.

The best booth was awarded to the province of Ifugao as the first place followed by the province of Abra as second place.  Both provinces received a certificate and cash prices worth 10,000 pesos and 7, 000 pesos respectively. The three remaining provinces also received a certificate and a consolation price worth 1,000 pesos each.

Other games include water fetching, fruit in the basket and cup blowing where in the winners were given seeds in can as a prize.

Farmers thanked the DA-FRO-CAR for coming up with this congress that opens an opportunity for them to learn new things and also mingle with other organic farmers.

In response, Engr. Danilo P. Daguio also encouraged the farmers in his closing remarks.

“If we don’t change our strategy in farming, there will be no progress. Our solution to our degrading environment is organic farming and this is our big contribution. And we have proven that we can go for organic as evidenced by our previous awards in the national level in terms of organic farming. We should be challenged in going organic,” Daguio stressed.

He also challenged the farmers to take their farms to the next level by engaging into Agri-tourism as being encouraged by the Department of Tourism. According to Engr. Daguio, Agri-tourism is one of the potential of organic farming. It does not have to be big as long as it is well organized and where people can learn something new.

“Each of us has a role to play so let’s work with other people, share what we have learned from this congress and serve while we are still alive,” he added. //RDibdiben


 

In support to the celebration of the 2018 world food day (WFD) with the theme “Our actions are our future. A #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible,” the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd)-CAR conducted a regional on-the-spot poster making contest.

Kalinga stude bags 1st prize during the regional on-the-spot poster making contest. Ms. Jay Banosan of San Pedro Elementary School from the Province of Kalinga won first prize during the art contest held at Baguio City on September 26, 2018.

Her winning poster will be the Region’s entry for the national level, which will be judged on October 3, 2018 at the DA Central Office. National winners will be awarded on October 16, 2018.

On the other hand, Christa Angelee Santiago from Kalinga, Jericho Alacar of Baguio City, Charity Charm Lawad of Tabuk and John Maeson Navarro of Abra bagged the 2nd to the 5th prize, respectively.

Nineteen elementary students from public and DepEd accredited private schools region wide participated in the contest.

The activity aims to raise awareness and enhance the understanding of the younger generation, through arts, the importance of food sufficiency and what it means for everybody to have access to the safe, healthy and nutritious food they need.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations founded the celebration of the WFD in 1979. Today, it is observed annually in over 150 countries that celebrate it on the same day as the FAO’s founding anniversary, October the 16th.

The conduct of the nationwide on-the-spot poster making contest has been one of the highlights of WFD celebration spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture in partnership with DepEd as it involves elementary pupils from Grades IV to VI enrolled in any public and DepEd accredited private schools nationwide.

Mr. Robert Domoguen, the Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Information Section (RAFIS) Chief of the DA encouraged the participants to envision a better and brighter future as artists since their art works are self expressions.

In addition, he said that a ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible if we cooperate with one another, adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, and is willing to share our knowledge to make the world a community where everything is balanced.

DA-CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron P. Odsey in his message told the participants that they have a very important role in raising awareness regarding the #ZeroHunger advocacy that FAO together the various government offices is pushing.

He also added that by 2030, they are already professionals and it is good that as early as now, they are participating in events such as these that will make them understand the various approaches that can help end world hunger.

Likewise, Ms. Michelle Andaya, nutritionist dietitian from DepEd congratulated the participants since at an early age; they are already involved in the call to end hunger. She then encouraged the participants to be the promoters of good health towards a zero hunger world.//MJMaguide