LGU Cam Norte Holds Farmers Fisherfolk Forum
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)