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Monday, July 10, 2023

Contribution of stakeholders recognized in ROAC

BUUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga conducted the 8th Regional Organic Agriculture Congress (ROAC) together with organic farmers, practitioners, and stakeholders all over the region, on July 4 to 6, 2023 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center in Butuan City

The three-day congress served as a platform for the presentation of the regional and provincial plans, accomplishments, and initiatives taken by various provincial and other local government units to advance the organic agriculture program in the region.

The congress brought together farmers, researchers, policymakers, and members of the academe from the five provinces of the region to share best practices in the organic agriculture industry.

Sharing the Municipality of Sibagat’s best practices in their organic agriculture movement, Vice Mayor Maria Liza Evangelista discussed the municipality’s banner program with the goal of inspiring other LGU participants to engage in the industry, “We wanted to be a leader by example, so we have to walk the talk for us to inspire.”

 

Apart from the presentation of success, the event also recognized different groups and individuals with outstanding initiatives and successful implementation of organic farming practices. Farm partners such as Amparitas Integrated Natural Farm, San Isidro Parish Binucayan Area Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Lola Modesta Integrated Farm, and JB Nature Farm were awarded for their active participation in organic-related programs and projects in the region.

The recipients for the Organic Agriculture Livelihood Project for 2023 which supports farmer groups in establishing livelihood were also recognized such as the Socorro Empowered Peoples Cooperatives (SOEMCO) and Sibagat Organic Farmers Association (SOFA).

Moreover, the Congress also recognized 11 recipients of the Organic Agriculture Youth Scholarship. The scholarship aims to encourage and support the next generation of farmers to pursue studies and careers in organic agriculture, thereby ensuring the continuity and growth of sustainable farming practices in the region.

National Organic Agriculture Program Director Bernadette San Juan graced the 8th Caraga ROAC. Director San Juan presented the roles and responsibilities of LGUs in the implementation of the NOAP which is pursuant to Republic Act No.10068 as amended by RA No. 11511. (Kent Warren H. Fugoso, DA-13 RAFIS/PIA Caraga)