Posted on: Monday September 02, 2019


Supporting local farmers in CamSur through the 2nd Bicol Agri Summit
“We are here to ensure that our farmers can come up with creative solutions for the problems they face every day: climate change, disease outbreak, the rising cost of production, and many other challenges,” said Kristian Carl E. Malazarte, chairman of the 2nd Bicol Agricultural Summit.

With the theme, “Creative solutions for an efficient agriculture and fisheries in Bicol,” the Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur and the Department of Agriculture - Region V, brought the 2nd Bicol Agri Summit gathering all agricultural stakeholders at the Capitol Convention Center on 29-31 August 2019.

Present in the event is Governor Migz Villafuerte, who encouraged the youth to take part in agriculture, farming, and fisheries with the use of modern technology. In his speech, he stressed, “Sa Camarines Sur, an paglaom kan mga banwaan, yaon sa kajovenan asin sa agrikultura.

 

The 3-day event served as a catalyst to further improve the productivity of local farmers. Series of seminars, workshops, technology transfers, and trade exhibits were held in the summit. Furthermore, DA provided farming equipment to farmer associations in the province.

The event also served as an avenue for different agriculture-related companies to showcase their innovative products and services. Aquaponics, a sustainable method of farming, was among the innovative agricultural practices highlighted in the summit. The method combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water). In the method, fish waste is used as a fertilizer to provide nutrients for growing plants.

Moreover, tips on how to build a mini system at home and how to easily harvest crops were taught during the seminar. Other topics include organic farming, crop insurance, relay cropping, financial literacy for farmers, pet care, hog raising, and duck raising.

“It is through mechanization and the use of modern farm technologies that farmers can reduce their cost, lessen their post-harvest losses, improve the quality of their crops, increase their profit, and boost their production,” said Senate Committee Chair on Agriculture and Food and keynote speaker, Senator Cynthia Villar.

 

She added, “The tariffs from the imported rice will go to the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, and 50% of it will be used to boost the competitiveness of local farmers by providing machineries and equipment in 967 rice-producing towns in the Philippines.” Villar also said that she is filing the coconut bill again because the coconut industry should receive more assistance by helping coconut farmers in Bicol uplift their standard of living.

Gov. Migz also shared his plan on creating agricultural scholarships for students in Camarines Sur in 2020. In the scholarship program, students will be sent to international schools so they can learn from the best agricultural practices and technologies in other countries.

 

Written By: Annalyn Gallego

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