Farm family congress held

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Thursday, April 21, 2011


RURAL-Based Organizations (RBOs) conducted a three-day Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Farm Family Congress at the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Benguet State University, La Trinidad Benguet last April 17-19.

The Regional Farm Family Congress gathered officers and coordinators of the 4H Clubs, Rural Improvement Clubs, and P4MP Organizations together to discuss problems or concerns, acquire knowledge and skills and enjoy socialization activities.

RBOs was organized through Administrative Order No. 9 series of 2002. It became the convergence points of agricultural extension interventions and the venue for the services of the LGU Agricultural Extension Workers to reach a bigger number of farmers.

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An important component of the RBO is the 4H Club Youth Development Program. Members of the club are given the opportunity to join foreign exchange programs, wherein young farmers had been sent to other countries like Japan, and Hawaii as scholars.

Meanwhile, the RIC’s and P4MP are also continuously supported by the Department of Agriculture and the local government units.

This week’s Farm Family Congress centered on contests participated in by 4H Clubs members coming from six provinces of CAR including Baguio City.

Dr. Arlene Flores, ATI Center Superintendent said that this year, skills contest for 4-H Clubs are on food preparation -- kakanin and chevon (goat meat) cooking -- handicraft making; poster making contest; extemporaneous speech; quiz bee; singing contest; organic fertilizer preparation and Search for Ms. 4-H Club Dream Girl.

Contest categories winners were: Quiz Bee – Sunder Luis of Apayao; Corn Kakanin Cooking Contest- Princess Bugbog of Ifugao ; Chevon (Goat Meat Cooking) – Kim Areya of Mt. Province; Poster Making Contest – Bryan Steve Bautista of Abra; Rice Handicrafts Making Contest –Freddie Manggap of Kalinga; Organic Fertilizer Preparation –Darryl Jake Agliam; Extemporaneous Public Speaking- Harvey Rose Teliaken of Ifugao ; Singing Contest –Jem Rachelle Tomas of Apayao; Ms. 4-H Dream Girl –Myra Tunac of Apayao.

Regional winners of these categories have the chance to compete in the National Farm Family Congress to be held in Davao City in May. (Alicia Tabuno)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 21, 2011.

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