Region’s Farm Family Congress held in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental

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Created on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 Published Date

BAYAWAN CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL – Around 200 farmers, rural women and youth from the province of Central Visayas attended the 24th Regional Farm Family Congress held recently in Bayawan, Negros Oriental.
The theme of the congress was “Uswag Magpadayon: Banay nga Magmalungtaron”
According to Magna Nola Sumagang, Chief of the Institutional Development Section of the Department of Agriculture, the annual congress was aimed to enhance the skills and knowledge of rural-based organizations (RBOs) and showcase their talents through various contests like cooking, handicraft, poster making, quiz bee, extemporaneous speaking, among others.
Regional Technical Director Joel Elumba in his message said that the farming family plays a big role in the upliftment of the economy. However, he said, the agriculture sector is faced with major threats such as ageing farmers and climate change. The average age of the farmer ranges from 56 to 58 years old. Very few of the youth are enrolled in agriculture-related courses or into farming activities. Climate change, he said, is another challenge of the sector. With the right farming technologies, we can still produce the needed food for the whole populace.
Bayawan City Mayor German Sarana said the agriculture is the main livelihood in the city. While the farmers are into rice, corn, vegetable and fruits, sugarcane and livestock production, the city’s emerging crops are rubber and coffee. Marine fishing is another source of livelihood with salmon and tuna as main catch.
Carolyn Mae Daquio of the Agricultural Training Institute said that through the empowerment of the rural based organizations, there is multiplication of knowledge and division of task, among others. (C. Dela Victoria/RAFIS)