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Activities During 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival

Activities During 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival

The 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival also featured fabric hand-painting contest (Secondary Level) held at the Capitol Grounds, Saturday. /Capitol photo

Activities During 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival

Elementary students of Education and Training Center School (ETCS) II in Bacolod City join the Negros Organic Fun Run held Saturday. /Capitol photo

Activities During 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival

This young chef presents his entry in the Organic Beverage Preparation Contest as part of the 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival. /Capitol photo

Lamb Meat Cooking Demo with Chef Panos Georgopoulos for 9th NIOFF

Lamb Meat Cooking Demo with Chef Panos Georgopoulos for 9th NIOFF

Chef Panos Georgopoulos showcases a lamb meat cooking demo held at the Capitol Grounds, yesterday, as part of the 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival celebration. /Capitol photo

Japanese Dignitaries Grace 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival

Japanese Dignitaries Grace 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) welcomes OISCA International president, Yoshiko Nakano together with Narumi Nakano, OISCA International secretary and Tadashi Watanabe, in-charge of overseas operation of the organization during a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office, yesterday. Also in photo is Shigemi Watanabe of OISCA-Bago City. /Capitol photo

Japanese dignitaries headed by Yoshiko Nakano, OISCA International president, came to the Province of Negros Occidental to witness the 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, yesterday.

President Nakano was accompanied by OISCA International secretary, Narumi Nakano and Tadashi Watanabe, in charge of overseas operation of the organization.

The group expressed their gratitude to Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. for his support to the Japanese community, and according to them “Philippines means Negros Occidental”.

The governor, who is the president of OISCA Philippines Chapter, also thanked OISCA International for the assistance extended to the province that has helped marginal farmers in their livelihood projects.

The transfer of equipment for the Muscovado Mill in Sagay City and the provision of Sericulture Reeling Center in Brgy. Tabunan, Bago City, are among the notable projects that have contributed to the economic development of the province.

Through the Reeling Center, the production of silk in Negros Occidental comprises almost 83% of the national production of silk.

Shigeme Watanabe, director of OISCA Bago Training Center said that there are three groups  from OISCA Japan who are witnessing the festival and participating in the province’s thrusts on environment protection and rehabilitation. *CAPITOL NEWS