DA kicks-off ‘Araw ng Agrikul­tura’

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO — The Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture Cen­tral Lu­zon, in co­op­er­a­tion with the Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Au­rora for­mally opened the “Araw ng Agrikul­tura 2018” on Fe­bru­ary 12 at the Capi­tol Grounds, Baler, Au­rora.

The Prov­ince of Au­rora con­sists of eight mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties whose main liveli­hood is agri­cul­ture, em­ploy­ing ap­prox­i­mately half of its pop­u­la­tion. The prov­ince’s ma­jor crops in­clude rice, co­conut, cof­fee, ba­nanas, root crops, corn, cit­rus fruits, peanuts, and abaca.

Au­rora Provin­cial Agri­cul­tur­ist Arnold Novi­cio men­tioned that the cel­e­bra­tion is one way to rec­og­nize the hard­ships of far mer s.

“Parang kailan lang nang sim­u­lan natin ang gani­tong okasyon, ang pag­bibi­gay ng isang natatang­ing araw para sa at­ing mga magsasaka, mag-aalaga ng hayop at mangingisda na siyang tin­u­tur­ing na bayani ng mak­abagong panahon, ang taga­pag­pakain ng sam­bayanan,” said Novi­cio.

Re­gional Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor for Op­er­a­tions and Ex­ten­sion Crispulo G. Bautista, Jr. served as the guest of honor, in lieu of Un­der­sec­re­tary for Op­er­a­tions Engr. Ariel T. Cayanan.

“Ang Au­rora ay puma­pan­galawa bi­lang pro­ducer ng mais sa Cen­tral Lu­zon. Hindi rin pa­pahuli ang Au­rora pag­dat­ing sa or­ganikong pagsasaka. Dagdag pa riyan ay nan­gun­guna din ang Au­rora sa cacao, co­conut at cof­fee,” he said as he read the mes­sage of the un­der­sec­re­tary to the Auro­rans.

“Un­der the Philip­pine Ru­ral Devel­op­ment Pro­ject (PRDP, in terms to farm-to-mar­ket (FMR) al­most 100 mil­lion pe­sos was awarded to the prov­ince,” he con­tin­ued.

Bautista also dubbed the farm­ers and fish­er­folks as “mod­ern-day heroes.”

“We sup­port these kind of ac­tiv­i­ties in or­der to give recog­ni­tion to our farm­ers and fish­er­folks. You (farm­ers and fish­er­folks) are wor­thy to be called as our “mod­ern-day heroes,” ended Bautista.

Hun­dreds of farm­ers at­tended and par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion.

A rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony for the open­ing of the agri­cul­ture trade fair was held after the main pro­gram.

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