Central Visayas (CV) receives two Rice Achievers Awards

Created on Monday, 04 June 2018

Two awardees from Central Visayas (CV) recieve recognition from the Department of Agriculture (DA) during 2017 Rice Achievers Awards (RAA) Awarding Ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on May 31, 2018.

The awarding of the 2017 Rice Achievers Awards: Pagpupugay sa mga Natatanging Lalawigan, Bayan/Lungsod, Irrigators' Associations (IAs) at Small Water Irrigation System Associations recognize the efforts of these pillars on their contribution to the rice industry.

The CV awardees were the Municipality of San Miguel, Bohol as one of the Outstanding Rice Achievers for the Municipal/City category and the Asosasyon sa Katawhan sa Lamigan ug Nabhang nga Nagkahiusa of Banban, Ayungon, Negros Oriental as special recognition for Outstanding Small Water Irrigation System Associations (SWISA).

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol and Senator Cynthia Villlar handed the awards to the different rice category winners.

In his opening remarks, Sec. Piñol announces that DA through the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) will conduct a nationwide Financial and Loaning Literacy Training Program. He also showed a video on the DA flagship project - the Solar Powered Irrigation System (SPIS).

Senator Villar, in her message, commended the DA for the efforts in addressing the needs of the country's rice self sufficiency. She said that the increase in palay production has contributed significant impacts to the countyr's agri sector. Villar said that the achievement of the country's rice production for 2017 is a record breaking with production of 19.28 million metric tons (MT) compared to 2016 production of 17.63 million MT.

RAA is an annual event of DA to give recognition to outstanding provinces, municipalities/cities, agricultural.extension workers (AEW), local farmer technicians (LFT), Irrigators Association (IA) and SWISA for their contribution in the rice industry as well as to encourage them to deliver excellence through improved quality and higher yield production.