AS A way to empower and give thanks to farmers and fisherfolks, the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11, together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 11, highlighted the different products of the local farmers in Davao region during the Grand Farmers Fiesta at
Manambulan, Tugbok District, Davao City yesterday, May 17.
“Pasasalamat ito sa ating mga magsasaka at mangingisda that is why we highlighted their products here and also to promote available, affordable, safety food for the people,” DA 11 Regional Director Ricardo Oñate said in an interview with SunStar Davao yesterday.
Oñate, in his speech during the opening ceremony, acknowledged the farmers and asked for continued support to the projects of the government.
Fresh and processed agricultural and fisheries products were on display during the event where Onate said that the agriculture sector has still been facing challenges like in food production especially with El Niño and dry spell hitting some parts of the region.
“Ang food production kaya na nato kay naa naman tay mga technology karon na pwede na nato i-adapt. Daghan ang mga requests na dili nato mahatag, muhangyo lang mi na magsinabtanay lang (We can increase food production because we now have technology that farmers can now adapt. However, if there are requests we cannot approve yet, we hope for your patience),” Oñate said.
Meanwhile, BFAR 11 Regional Director Fatma Idris said that through the event fisherfolks are empowered, adding that the bureau is continuous with its provision of interventions to improve the fishery sector especially now that the fish production is not doing well in the region.
More than 1,200 farmers and fisher folks attended the whole day event which is also part of the celebration of the Farmers and Fisherfolks Month.