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Davao City vows more support to farmers

June 19, 2019 - Wednesday 4:06 AM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

Article Banner Image Photo by Arjoy M. Ceniza/MDM

DAVAO CITY -- The city government of Davao vowed to support more farmers after the city bagged the Gawad Saka award in the regional level given by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

City administrator for administration Tristan Dwight Domingo said the achievement is a confidence booster for the city government and shows that the the projects implemented by the City Agriculturist’s Office are effective.

Domingo said the recent achievements of the city in the area of agriculture will definitely push the city government to conduct more projects intended for farmers.

“The projects are in place to help our farmers in improving. As the generation is becoming high tech we will also apply technologies to our agriculture which the City Agriculturist’s Office identifies to be effective,” he said.

Domingo said the main objective of the city is to help level the playing field so that farmers can improve their productivity and income.

Earlier this month, the DA awarded the Regional Gawad Saka award to several farmers who contributed to the improvement of the agricultural industry of Region 11.

Among the awardees were Susan Lao as Outstanding Corn Farmer; Genovivo Cajes High-Value Crops; Evangeline Salvador for Fisherfolk; and Evangeline Novela for Coconut.

DA 11 Regional Director Ricardo Oñate urged the awardees to continue what they have started and to help combat climate change.

“We salute your efforts in providing food for our table despite the challenge of climate change. We in DA will continue to listen and act in your requests and demands,” Oñate said.

Last month, the Davao Food Terminal opened to showcase the produce of the farmers all over the region to help them increase their income.

“Through this, the cut (commission) of the middleman will go to the farmers instead,” Domingo said.

“In the food terminal the farmers can sell their produce in their desired and right price so it will be good for them instead of dealing it with middlemen,” he added.

The multimillion-peso food terminal complex located in Toril was funded by the DA.

DA Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña said the agriculture industry of the country is slowly making a name in the international market since there are more crops that can now be exported.

Laviña said aside from banana, the country is now exporting cacao, mango, and coconut.

“There are wider opportunities for our farmers since we are starting to establish a name in the international market. The traditional crops that we export are still in the market, but there are also crops that we are slowly exporting right now,” she said.

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