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DA holds Bicol forum on agri dev't programs

by RB Manlangit

Daet, Camarines Norte (2 June) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol regional office spearheaded a Forum on Ginintuang Masaganang Ani (GMA) and Fertilizer, Irrigation, Education and Training, Loans, Dryers and other Postharvest Facilities, and Seeds (FIELDS) programs for farmers in the province held last May 28 at the Agro-Sports Center here.

The GMA and FIELDS programs form part of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's priority concerns to address poverty in the countryside through agricultural development and productivity.

DA Regional Executive Director Dr. Jose V. Dayao said that the forum provided a venue for the stakeholders to discuss with agriculture managers the government programs and interventions to cushion the effects of the global economic crisis in the agriculture sector, particularly on the increasing price of rice in the world market wherein the country gets 10 percent of its rice consumption.

He noted that because of the economic meltdown, many workers lost their jobs and one of the prospects in the country is to bolster agriculture through dialogue, seminars and trainings, technology demonstrations and technology transfer for the farmers.

Other topics discussed during the forum were credit assistance program, extension/education program, palay procurement and other programs, education programs, GMA corn program, livestock program, fisheries program and other related programs.

Personnel from Provincial Agriculture Office, Municipal Agriculture Offices of the different LGUs, other concerned national government line agencies, farmers and fisherfolks' cooperatives, irrigators association participated to the one-day activity.

Also present were Mayor Winefredo Oco of Labo town and Board Member Jonah Pimentel, who also represented and delivered the message of Governor Jesus O. Typoco Jr. (PIA Camarines Norte) [top]

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