The 8th Organic Farmers Festival opens today at the Capitol Grounds, with the theme, “Rediscovering Culture and Tradition of Food for a Sustainable Future”, hosted by the Province of Negros Occidental.
The activity will start with a thanksgiving mass at 8:30 a.m. to be held at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center followed by the opening program.
Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson will give the opening remarks while Board Members Victor Javellana of Negros Occ. and Georgita Martinez of Negros Oriental, both chair of the respective SP Committees on Agriculture, will share their Negros Island Experience of Organic Agriculture.
Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. and Gov. Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental will also give their messages.
Dept. of Agriculture Region VI Director Larry Nacionales will introduce USec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Undersecretary for Special Concerns of the National Organic Agriculture Board, as the keynote speaker.
There will also be a turnover of the pre and post-harvest facilities to farmer-beneficiaries identified by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist headed by Engr. Igmedio Tabianan.
It will be followed by a simultaneous ribbon-cutting ceremony for the different exhibits and displays of organic products.
The festival is a collective effort of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, Department of Agriculture, ONOPRA, NISARD, Province of Negros Oriental and Negros Occ. Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in collaboration with the National Organic Agriculture Program, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Education, The Negros Museum, Dept. of Trade and Industry, Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc., Biodiversity Partnerships, GMA Network, and ABS-CBN. /Capitol News
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