DA opens rice awareness and organic agriculture month celebration
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has recently opened the joint celebration of the National Rice Awareness Month and the fifth Organic Agriculture Month, which reflect the agency’s vision of a food-secure country with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk.
During the opening program, Agriculture Secretary William Dar shared the success of the recently concluded 2019 National Food Security Summit that was attended by local chief executives, officials of state universities and colleges, and representatives from the private sector.
Dar said that partnerships with the concerned sectors “must prevail every step of the way” with the DA performing the “steering role” and the leaders of the local government units serving as “food security czars.”
“Let us open our hearts and minds to new development strategies,” he stressed as he urged the DA family to not only focus on increasing production, but to be guided by the value chain system approach as well.
Dar said that marketing and value-adding activities are equally important in increasing the incomes of farmers and fisherfolk.
In line with the Organic Agriculture Month, Dar reminded everyone that organic products have their own niche market.
He said that he is strongly supportive of a balanced fertilization system using organic inputs and judicious application of inorganic fertilizer.
During the month-long celebration, various rice and organic products will be available for sale at the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita stalls located at the DA Central Office lobby.