CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Emphasizing the big roles of local producers, farmers, fisherfolk, and private sector in ensuring healthy food for all Filipinos, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 reaches out to the said stakeholders in celebrating the Filipino Food Month 2022 as well as the High Value Crops week.
“The DA, the Department of Tourism, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts are tasked to promote the annual celebration of the Filipino Food Month in which in our case we invited a lot of exhibitors displaying their products,” DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene Collado said, April 11.
With the theme, “Pagkaing Pilipino Susi sa Pag-Unlad at Pagbabago,” DA-10 celebrates the Filipino Food Month by displaying and selling agri and fishery products, and also some processed products like coco sugar, coffee at DA-10 compound, April 11-12.
Among the local producers and private companies, which showcased their products at DA-10’s Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita include the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DAMPC), Highland Fresh, Lantapan Vegetable Farmers Cooperative, CNQ Agriventures;
Manzano Farms, Tagpuangi Fisherfolk Association, Paglingkawas Women Federation (PAWFED), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Farmgrown Association of Claveria, Research Stations, URC, and RJ Agricultural Products.
“There are also a lot of fruits and fresh vegetables coming from the produce of our farmers that we are extending assistance, especially farmers coming from Misamis Oriental, and also from Talakag, Lantapan, and other producing municipalities,” Collado added.
He also said Region 10 is sufficient in almost all of the crops “ang dili lang ta sufficient diri is onion and garlic but with regard sa uban nga crops, sufficient ta (what we lack here is only onion and garlic but with regard to other crops, we are already sufficient).”
Farmers in the region even donate their produce to other regions, especially those affected by typhoons and other calamities, Collado said.
He stressed though that what local producers in the region really need is to expand their market and this is where DA-10 comes in. Through the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita, DA-10 targets to help more farmers and fisherfolk by helping them establish a good market for their products.
During the celebration, DA-10 also held a cooking contest of which nine divisions of the regional office have participated. Also, DA-10 Regional Technical Director Carlota Madriaga led the induction of newly elected officers of DA Employees Association-10 and DA Women Employees Association-10, and appreciation of the outgoing DAEA officers. (RTP/PIA-10)