Sa­mal em­pow­ers women farm­ers

Sun.Star Davao - - SOUTHERN -

IS­LAND Gar­den City of Sa­mal -- The lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit of Sa­mal Is­land re­cently gath­ered 161 women farm­ers through­out the is­land dur­ing the City Ru­ral Im­prove­ment Club (RIC) Achieve­ment and Recog­ni­tion Day in a bid to em­power them and give recog­ni­tion to the im­por­tant role they play in agri­cul­ture.

The event was spear­headed by the City Agri­cul­ture Of­fice on Novem­ber 29, 2017 at Sa­mal Gym­na­sium and cen­tered on the theme, “Em­pow­er­ing Ru­ral Women in Sus­tain­able Agri­cul­ture”.

The RIC Achieve­ment and Recog­ni­tion Day aims to bring about ef­fec­tive in­volve­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion of ru­ral women and de­velop their lead­er­ship and po­ten­tials to­wards home and com­mu­nity im­prove­ment.

“We rec­og­nize the tal­ents of women farm­ers to pre­pare them in the in­com­ing Pro­vin­cial Level Com­pe­ti­tion,” said City Farm Home Re­source Man­age­ment Co­or­di­na­tor Ordiz Joy Dela Madrid.

“We also en­cour­age them to have a back­yard gar­den so they will not have any prob­lem in find­ing food to eat. Hence, we gave each of them free seedlings of var­i­ous kinds of veg­eta­bles,” she added.

Among the high­lights of the event were the com­pe­ti­tion on Cook­ing of Pi­nakbet, Pi­naka Nin­dot Na Gu­layan Sa Grupo Ni Nanay, and Gi­nang RIC 2017. Barangay Guilon RIC group won most of the com­pe­ti­tions. Prizes and cer­tifi­cate of Par­tic­i­pa­tion were given to the win­ners while non-win­ners re­ceived con­so­la­tion prizes.

Par­tic­i­pants for Pi­naka Nin­dot Na Gu­layan Sa Grupo Ni Nanay un­der­went train­ings in proper plant­ing of veg­eta­bles at the same time they were given free veg­etable seedlings. Each group are re­quired to have three hun­dred square me­ters area to plant. Noreen M. San Luis/Sa­mal Info

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