Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and senatorial candidate Ramon Magsaysay Jr. led the awarding of outstanding farmers, fishermen, and livestock raisers at the “Pasidugnong sa Panguma, Pangisda, kag Pangkasapatan 2013” at the 20th Panaad sa Negros Festival at Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, Saturday.
Marañon said farmers, fishermen, and livestock raisers play an important role in the food production program of the province and their performance exceeded his expectation.
He also lauded Magsaysay whom he called an avid supporter of farmers, who was co-chairman of the Congressional Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization, and one of the authors of the Republic Act 8435 or the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997.
Magsaysay’s presence does not imply any political color but he was there as supporter in agriculture, he said.
He said all farmers, fishermen, and livestock raisers have improved their production and many now believe in organic agriculture.
Marañon said organic agriculture is now snowballing, adding that a crowd of 15,000 was at the festival site Saturday, and in fact, many were not able to enter the stadium.
Meanwhile, 32 farmers, fishermen, and livestock raisers were named winners in the 2013 search for the Pasidugnong sa Panguma, Pangisda, kag Pangkasapatan.
Cited as outstanding farmers for rice, corn, and organic vegetables were Renato Catiempo of Bago City, Reynaldo Española of Isabela town, and John Eric Bernabe of Silay City, who received P20,000.
The Outstanding Young Farmer was Reyzard Dumilag of La Carlota City and the Outstanding Organic Farmers Association was the Mailum Organic Village Association.
The Outstanding Fisherman was Mabini Mission Sr. of Binalbagan; Outstanding Organic Tilapia Grower Edgardo Rio of Talisay City; Outstanding Small Water Impounding Services Association was Nailan Farmers Irrigator’s Association; Outstanding Home Maker was Yvonne Ambino of La Castellana.
All awardees received P20,000 cash and trophy from the province.
The outstanding animal raisers for cattle, goat, and carabao were Luis Martin of San Enrique (beef cattle), Dr. Bel Manuel Magallanes of Pontevedra (dairy cattle), Oscar Catalino Yulo of Hinigaran, and Billy Reyes of Bago City.
Outstanding sheep raisers for government and private sector categories were Laurence Marxlen de la Cruz of Don Salvador Benedicto, and Fernando Gutierrez of Kabankalan City.
Cited as Outstanding Hog Raiser of backyard breeder and backyard fattener categories were Fr. Stanislao-Su-Lux Mundi Monastery and Demo Farm in Murcia and Mary Jane Agudon-Patag Silay Murcia while the Outstanding Poultry Raisers for layer chicken and free range chicken categories were Dorina Dominguez of Murcia and Rebecca Samonte of Kabankalan City.
The Charlie Company 11th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army stationed at Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City and the Negros First New Life for Peace and Progress Association Inc. in Cauayan town were awarded as Outstanding Animal Raisers for Public Private Partnership for peace advocates category while the private institution category went to Central Philippine Adventist College in Murcia.
The Outstanding Local Government Unit Implementer on Provincial Veterinary Office Programs and Projects were the Cadiz City and the Moises Padilla town.
The San Carlos City Livestock Center was awarded as Outstanding Satellite Animal Breeding Center while the Murcia Hog Raisers Association was the Outstanding Hog Raisers Association.
The Himamaylan City Paravet Association and the Barangay Agricultural Aide-Paravet Association of Don Salvador Benedicto were awarded as Outstanding Paravet Associations for city and municipal categories.
All winners received P10,000 cash, trophies, and tokens from the Negros Association of Animal Feeds and Drug Suppliers.
The Outstanding Hog Raisers Association in the Implementation of Extended Projects were Murcia Hog Raisers Association (post harvest facilities), Sagay Backyard Hog Breeder Association (product development), Alijis Livestock and Hog Raisers Marketing Cooperative in Valladolid (animal dispersal), and Talisay Backyard Hog Raisers Association (feed for pigs project).
Winners received P5,000 cash, P50,000 worth of Feed for Pigs Contract, and tokens from NAAFEDS.
NAAFEDS also received a special award as partner organization in the reduction of poverty and development agenda for the Province of Negros Occidental.
Meanwhile, the 2012 Department of Agriculture Agri-Pinoy Rice Achiever Awardees were also acknowledged.
The Outstanding LGU was Kabankalan City, Most Outstanding Irrigators Association was Paselomak Irrigators Association, and the Most Outstanding Small Water Impounding System Association was General Malvar Irrigators Multipurpose Cooperative.
The Outstanding Rice Farmers were Andy Carampatana of Kabankalan City, Estanislao Cayanan of Hinobaan, Mary Ann Ordinario of Cauayan, Emelia Tomias of Ilog, and Lani Yanong of Sipalay City.*LTG