Dumaguete City won four regional awards in the Gawad Saka search of the Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas, and the winners will receive their trophies during the awarding ceremony at the Cebu Business Hotel in Cebu City Tuesday.
The winners are Jessie Ogahayon of Barangay Camanjac as Regional Outstanding Organic Farmer; Mr. and Mrs. Dante Fulmaran of Barangay Candau-ay, Regional Outstanding Farm Family; Excellent 4-H Club of Barangay Bajumpandan, Regional Outstanding Young Farmers; and, Philip Altamarino, agricultural technician of the Office of the City Agriculture of Dumaguete, Regional Outstanding Scientist.
They were recognized for utilizing organic technologies to produce agricultural products, livestock and crops, and the awards reflect the successful organic farming program of Dumaguete, City Administrator William Ablong, concurrent chief of the City Agriculture Office, said yesterday.
Meanwhile, a 10-day Farm Family Congress will start November 9 as part of the opening salvo of the city’s fiesta activities, and will feature an inter-barangay booth-making contest and an agricultural display of organic farm products.
It aims to encourage and develop young farmers to take over their parents and grandparents in the agricultural sector, particularly in organic farming.
Dumaguete will celebrate its Charter Day anniversary on November 24, and its fiesta, in honor of its patron saint, St. Catherine of Alexandria, on November 25.*JFP
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