The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist has set the mechanics and criteria for the four major awards to be given at the Farmers and Fisherfolk Achievers Day titled “Pasidungog sa Mangunguma kag Mangingisda sa Panaad” at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City on April 9, an OPA press release said.
Dina Genzola, event chairperson, said the 17 major awards at stake include the “Farmer of the Year”, “Fisherman of the Year”, “Best Organic Village Project”, and “Best-managed OPA Irrigation Project.”
The “Farmer of the Year” must be an actual farmer-manager of his/her own farm, a Filipino citizen and of good moral character.
He should be using rice/corn/vegetable-based farming systems where 75 percent of his farm area is devoted for these crops.
The “Fisherman of the Year” must be a hands-on fisherman, 21 years old and above, and at least 70 percent of his income is derived from fishing or fish farming.
He must be a bonafide resident of the local government unit he represents and must be endorsed by the local chief executive or his duly-authorized representative.
The “Best Organic Village Project,” on the other hand will be evaluated based on the highest number of farmers in conversion since 2010.
It must be the highest producer in conversion for two cropping periods (wet and dry seasons) since 2010; and have the highest percentage of organic technology adopters; and the village with a functional internal quality control system structure.
The “Best-managed OPA Irrigation Project” award will be based on the effectiveness of the irrigator’s association or cooperative to implement management strategies and policies in maintaining the operation of the irrigation project; increase in irrigated production area based on the potential service area;
The event which falls on the last day of the six-day Panaad sa Negros Festival, will recognize the important contributions of farmers and fisherfolk on food production and help realize the Negros First Agendum on Food Security of Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. The Panaad Festival starts April 4, the press release said.
This year’s Pasidungog theme is “Patubas sang Negrosanon, Manggad sang Nasyon.”
The OPA may be reached at the Provincial Administration Center, Aguinaldo Street, Bacolod City or through 434-8711, 434-8324, the press release said.*