PRESS RELEASE
Department of Agriculture RFU 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
April 11, 2013


LGU Cam Norte Holds Farmers Fisherfolk Forum


DAET, CAMARINES NORTE - Over 2,000 farmers and fisherfolk in Camarines Norte converged recently for the Farmers Fisherfolk Forum at Agro Sports Center Provincial Capitol compound in Daet, Camarines Norte. Governor Edgardo Tallado thanked the farmers and the fisherfolks for their efforts and share in the development of agriculture in the province. Tallado said that the province allocated funds for the implementation of various programs and projects in the province in collaboration or through counterparting scheme with other line agencies. He emphasized that Camarines Norte is supporting the rice sufficiency program of the government and they are bent on implementing various interventions to ensure that rice self-sufficiency be attained by 2013. He also presented the different projects of the province in relation to agriculture and fisheries as part of their transparency campaign which also included the different funding sources. He also lauded the support of the different agencies and enumerated his plans for the province. He said that he will continue with farm mechanization , rehabilitation and construction of the irrigation systems, construction of farm to market roads, construction of trading centers and the construction of farm school. Tallado thanked the farmers and fisherfolk for their support and commitment and assured them that more programs and projects will be implemented for the province.

Meanwhile, PHILRICE Bicol Branch Manager Dr. Reynaldo Castro thanked the farmers for doing their share in the quest for rice self-sufficiency in the country. He presented the rationale of the National Year of Rice and enjoined the farmers, consumers and other stakeholders to complement the efforts of the government in attaining self-sufficiency; raise public awareness on responsible rice consumption and boost farmer's morale and motivate them to adopt technologies and good practices to improve farm productivity. After his message the recitation of Panatang Makapalay and the signing of commitment of support by the guests and the farmers followed.

BFAR Director Atty. Asis G. Perez in his solidarity statement said that the farmers and fisherfolk are important as they are both pillars of the economy. Activities like this is very important as they are given the opportunity to know what is going on with the different agencies, they are updated of the different technologies and at the same time they are given the chance to be heard. "This is the time for our farmers and fisherfolk to shine" Asis said. He also disclosed that the budget of BFAR increased and it goes with it more projects and programs for the fishery sector.

Likewise, certificate of awards were also distributed to farmers for farm equipment, machineries and post harvest facilities , BFAR distributed fishing gears to fisherfolks and DAR distributed Certificates of Land Ownership Awards.

Also present during the forum were Assistant Regional Rice Coordinator Tirso Perlas who presented the overview of the Food Staples Sufficiency Program, Vice Governor Johan G. Pimentel, Sanggunian Panlalawigan Chair on Agriculture Romeo Marmol, DAR Region IVB Director Homer Tobias, BFAR Regional Director Dennis del Socorro, NIA Provincial Head Engr. Rogelio King, former DA Secretary Leony Montemayor, DAR Chief Agrarian Reform Support Officer Liza Repotente and Acting Provincial Agriculturist Francia C. Pajares. (Mabelle Roa-Ilan)

Photo shows from left DAR Chief Agrarian Reform Support Officer Liza Repotente, PHILRICE Bicol Branch Manager Dr. Reynaldo Castro, Sanggunian Panlalawigan Chair on Agriculture Romeo Marmol, Cam. Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado, BFAR Director Atty. Asis G. Perez and BFAR Regional Director Dennis del Socorro. Top photo the huge crowd of farmers fisherfolk at the Agro Sports Center.