DA leads Farmers’ and Fisherfolks’ month celebration

Published May 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY — With the theme “Pagpupugay sa Magsasaka at Mangingisda Natin, Tungo sa Sapat na Pagkain,” the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera (DA-CAR) paid tribute to the farmers and fisherfolks as it led the celebration of the Farmers’ and Fisherfolks’ Month this May 2020.


DA OIC-Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, commended the farmers and fisherfolks for their great contribution to the agricultural sector.

He said that in the Cordilleras, agriculture plays an important role both in the highland and lowland areas as farming remains to be the major source of livelihood in the region.

To better appreciate farming, the DA-CAR personnel, together with the farmer-representatives from Balakbak, Sto. Tomas Proper, and City Agriculture and Fisheries Council, experienced farming activities both in the farm and urban garden setting. These activities included transplanting of vegetable seedlings, harvesting of fruits and vegetables particularly lettuce, potato, tomato, and eggplant, mixing of soil media, and potting of vegetable seedlings.

The activity was led by Dir. Odsey and Regional Technical Directors Atty. Jennilyn Dawayan and Dr. Danilo P. Daguio.

Odsey encouraged the participants, and not just the farmers, to continue planting as an additional source of food for their consumption.

This is in support of the DA’s new program “Plant, Plant, Plant” also known as “Ahon Lahat Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) kontra COVID-19.”

Sto. Tomas Proper Barangay Kagawad Freda B. Pilayong said that with the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of their constituents, not only the farmers, started tilling their own backyard gardening. Most of the seeds they used were given by the DA-CAR.

To further support their urban farming initiatives, the DA-CAR turned-over 120 chicks which is a mix of native and red Hubbard, and assorted vegetable seedlings to the farmers of Balakbak. Assorted vegetable seeds were also distributed.

Agriculture-related trivia questions through the High Value Crops Development Program were also opened for the farmers to answer. Those who were able to answer were awarded agricultural materials such as plastic cover and hose.

For the rest of the week, simultaneous activities are being conducted as part of the Farmers’ and Fisherfolks’ Month Celebration. These activities include the distribution of seeds and fertilizers to the provinces under the Rice Resiliency Project, distribution of seeds at the DA-RFO CAR, and Kadiwa on Wheels in Baguio City and Benguet areas.

May is proclaimed as Farmers’ and Fisherfolks’ Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 33- 1998.