Some 11 farmers in the City of San Fernando were recognized
on Monday, May 15 by the Local Government, through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, for their outstanding performance in promoting sustainable farming and livestock.
The awarding was led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay, Councilor BJ Lagman, City Administrator Engr.Fernando Limbitco and Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Chairperson Boy Santiago.
Sangumay said the activity marks the beginning of Fernandino Farmer’s Week celebration in line with this year’s Pyestang Fernandino.
The winners are Joselito Gopez (Outstanding Rice Farmer), Orlando Salvador (Outstanding Fisherfolk), Reynaldo Tiglao (Outstanding Corn Farmer), Jesus Tulabut (Outstanding Livestock Farmer) and Marcelino Musni (Outstanding HDCVP Farmer).
Farmers with extraordinary products were also recognized. These are Joewer Serrano (Longest Upo), Eduardo Manalo (Biggest and Heaviest Papaya), Francisco Tancio (Biggest and Heaviest Kalabasa), Jayson Garcia (Biggest Mango and Longest Eggplant) and Orlando Salvador (Heaviest Tilapia).
In his speech, Mayor EdSa said farmers are the key players in attaining food security through their efforts and innovations in increasing agricultural productivity.
“Mahalaga po na bigyang pagkilala ang mga natatanging magsasaka dahil sila ang mga katuwang ng syudad upang masiguro na ang bawat Fernandino ay may masaganang pamumuhay,” Santiago added.
Aside from the awarding, CAVO also opened its Agricultural Trade Fair in front of the City Hall where crops and products of the farmers were up for sale.
The city will also host the awarding of certified seeds on May 17. While, the awarding of farm tools and turn-over of mini farm tractor and combine harvester will be held on May 19 to cap off the week-long celebration.