THE decrease in the number of farmers and the lack of interest of the youth to pursue farming are among the challenges the Department of Agriculture is facing.
This was what DA 7 Director Salvador Diputado said during the Outstanding Agricultural Achievers Awards 2019, a program honoring farmers and cooperatives on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.
The DA honored 30 winners and gave out P1.7 million in prizes. Six of the winners will also compete in the national level.
The six are Catulayan Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Siquijor as Outstanding Barangay Food Terminal; Jagna Calamay Producers Cooperative of Bohol as Outstanding Agri-Entreprenuer; Manga National HIgh School 4H Club of Tagbilaran, Bohol as Outstanding Young Farmers Organization; Karl Nonnan Endres of Batuan, Bohol as Outstanding Small Animal Raiser; Luz Bador of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental as Outstanding Rural Woman; and the Bayawan City FARMC as Outstanding FARMC.
Diputado said the recognition is one of the moves of the DA to encourage young Filipinos to try farming as it could help in addressing the food shortage in the country.
He also said local government units should support farming as a way to help local food production. He also lauded some local government units that have school-based gardening programs since these will teach the students the basics of farming, which they can use if they want to get into agriculture.
Diputado also said DA 7 is ready to work with the Department of Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to come up with programs that will encourage the youth to get into farming. (HBL of Superbalita Cebu/ML)