CADLAN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – More than 600 farmers and fisherfolk from the five districts of Cam. Sur were treated to a whole day of fun and exciting events and valuable prizes during the Provincial Farmers’ Day at the Camarines Sur Capitol Convention Center as one of the highlights of the Kaogma Festival.
OIC Regional Technical Director for Operations of the Department of Agriculture Rodel P. Tornilla who represented DA Regional Executive Director Elena B. de los Santos, said the DA gave away over P5 million worth of agri machineries composed of 35 hand tractors with trailer and accessories, 5 palay threshers, and 2 rice transplanters. These aside from the generous prizes for the games/contest such as Maria Went to Market; Catch Me if You Can or Darakupan Orig; Corn Eating Contest; Sack Race; Manual Corn Shelling; Tiriladan Pili; Kudkud-puga; Manual Palay Threshing; Craft Making Contest; Rice and Safety Pin game; Egg in Spoon Relay; and Egg Toss game. Prizes include sacks of hybrid rice and certified palay seeds; hybrid corn seeds, bags of organic and urea fertilizer, native pigs, ducks, 2 knapsack sprayers, garden tools.
Governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte said that Kaogma Festival is a celebration of the founding anniversary of the province of Camarines Sur which turns 438 years old this year. “Ang Kaogma ay taunang selebrasyon nin katibayan, kagayunan, asin talento kan mga Camarinenses. But this time I deemed to give importance to the farmers who made Camarines Sur province as 4th biggest rice producing province in the Philippines in 2016,” added Villafuerte.
Also present during the event were Board Member Nelson Julia; OIC Provincial Agriculturist of Camarines Sur Che Bermejo; DA HVCDP coordinator Rosita Imperial; officers and members of 40 farmers associations, irrigators association, Rural Improvement Clubs; and municipal agriculturists and extension workers.
One recipient of a hand tractor with trailer and accessories was the Pamplona Farmers Cooperative with 200 farmer members headed by its president, Diego Tud. He said the tractor is a welcome addition to their existing equipment used in cultivating 200 hectares of rice land in Pamplona. Another recipient was the MANSERRCA Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc based in Pili, Camarines Sur led by its President Jerry Canabe. It is composed of 97 members tilling 116 hectares.
The five banner program coordinators of DA together with their staff facilitated the games. (Lovella P. Guarin / photos by Eduardo Collantes, Jr and Ramon Adversario, Jr.)