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Sec. Yap to grace opening of Corn Festival 08 in Bayawan

By Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (21 August) -- Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yap is expected to grace the opening of the 2nd Central Visayas Corn Festival on August 25 to 27, 2008 in Bayawan City.

As host to this year's corn festival, Bayawan City is gearing up for the arrival of around 450 delegates and participants from the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor and Negros Oriental composed of regional Department of Agriculture officials, congressment, mayors and vice-mayors, provincial and municipal agriculture workers, corn farmer leaders, corn investors and researchers.

The festival aims to showcase and promote the many uses of corn and its by-products as well as providing a venue for stakeholders in the regional corn industry to share information and new technologies in the production, post-harvest handling and marketing of corn.

The festival will likewise exhibit the products and skills of corn farmers from all the towns in the neighboring provinces.

The theme for this year's festival is "Modernizing the Corn Industry in Central Visayas: A Key to Improved Productivity and Profitability."

The three-day festivities will include a field day and farmers' forum, a series of technical discussions and for a, investment forum and market matching as well as corn-based competitions.

The festival also hopes to forge strong cooperation and understanding among all corn stakeholders to come up with viable initiatives that will alleviate the income and productivity of the average corn growers in the region in the face of a global food crisis.

Meanwhile, as part of President Arroyo's SONA commitments, the government so far established 33 mariculture parks and 134 fish sanctuaries while turning over 415 post-harvest equipment to fisherfolk.

Among these new mariculture parks is the one in Sibutu East and North Lagoon, Sitangkai in Tawi-Tawi province.

This ws established to fulfill the Chief Executive's 2007 SONA promise promise to people there. (PIA) [top]

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