Governor Bong Lacson thanked all partners and stakeholders in the agriculture sector during the Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival Governor’s Night held at the Provincial Capitol Grounds and Lagoon last November 23, 2022.
The governor expressed gratitude for everyone’s consistent cooperation and support to achieve effective, functional, and powerful solutions to the challenges of times.
He said “In our efforts to advance organic farming and in conformity with this year’s theme, we must also address the question in the minds of some. How will organic farming affect food production? How will organic farming affect the profitability of our farmers business?”
According to the Governor, “These questions reiterate the role of the government and stakeholders to provide adequate support and opportunities to our farmers. We need to empower and enable our farmers and it must be our primary goal to enhance the market potential of our organic products.”
He also emphasized that it’s time we think of agriculture as more than just a farmer planting a crop or raising livestock —– agriculture is our tool for lifting people out of poverty, for food security and sufficiency, and even for the preservation of our natural habitat.
The event was also attended by Usec. Zamzamin Ampatuan of the Department of Agriculture, National Organic Agriculture Program Director, Bernadette San Juan, IFOAM Asia Executive Director Jennifer Chang, IFOAM Asia First Vice President and NISARD president, Edgardo Uychiat, Negros Occ. Board Member Andrew Montelibano, chairman of the SP Committee on Agriculture, Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, and OPA Head, Dr. Edmundo Raul Causing, among others.