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PIA Press Release
2005/08/26

1st Capiz farmers’ convention set

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (26 August) -- At least 4,000 farmers are expected to gather for the first provincial convention of farmers on Sept. 6 at the Capiz State University (CAPSU)– Buri-as, Mambusao campus to present their agricultural concerns to proper national government agencies for appropriate action.

The day-long convention will be graced by Senator Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. who chairs the two senate major committees on agriculture and food and science technology and Department of Land Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman.

Dr. Nicholas Braña, CAPSU Vice-President for Research and Extension and convention organizer, said that the assembly aims to provide venue for farmers to provide venue for farmers to present their problems to proper authorities for possible solution, to disseminate matured farming, pre-harvest and post harvest technologies which will improve efficiency of production, promote sustainable agriculture and unity among farmers, make policy-makers aware of actual problems of farmers and strengthen mutual trust between the government and farmers.

The promotion of the farmers’ welfare is in view of the CAPSU-Research and Development initiatives in keeping with the school as the center of development for agriculture in the region.

Different activities which will highlight the convention include the Farmers’ Forum, exhibit on agricultural products and technologies, simultaneous technological demonstration on farming technologies, on-site visitation of organic farming and Coconut Breeding Trial Unit, and distribution of free coconut and vegetable seeds to participants.

CAPSU has demonstration farms on organic farming for rice, corn and vegetables. It also houses the world renowned CBTU with already 95 coconut varieties making a record as the world’s top coco-germplasm collection among state universities and colleges.

Regional and provincial heads of government agencies, local government officials as well as agricultural authorities are expected to grace the activities. (PIA) [top]

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