Farmer Beneficiaries Hold Festival
A showcase of fresh bountiful agricultural products were presented in the Ist "Harvest Festival" in the Barangays of Victoria and Clarin Settlement last September 27, 2011 of this city. It can be recalled that the 2 barangays were selected as pilot areas for the production of agricultural produce such as corn, fruits and vegetables. The project is implemented by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture ( SEARCA ) under the European Union-Focused Food Production Assistance to Vulnerable Sectors ( EU-FPAVAS ) a leading enabler in the science and practice of agriculture and rural developments in Southeast Asia. The agency ( SEARCA ) is also involved in research development and knowledge management. The Provincial Manager of SEARCA Mr. Orlen Aguillon who was one of the guest speakers thanked the people of Oroquieta for their support on the project. He pointed out, "remarkably, Oroquieta City is different, the people are very responsive and open with regards to new techniques as compared to conventional methods of farming." He also thanked the Local Government Unit of Oroquieta under the leadership of Mayor Jason P. Almonte in providing farm machinery and equipment and also field technicians of the Agriculture Office in assisting the farmer beneficiaries.
The event kicked off in barangay Victoria in the morning and in barangay Clarin Settlement later in the afternoon. Guests from SEARCA headed by Mr. Orlen Aguillon-SEARCA Prov'l Manager, Oroquieta City Mayor's Office staff represented by Executive Assistant 111 Mr. Claro Enerio, Prov'l and City Agriculture Officers and staff, Farmers Associations and Cooperatives, Barangay Captains Hon. Jaime Mallari of Victoria and Hon. Jolly Gumolon of Clarin Settlement and barangay residents attended the daylong twin celebrations.
In his inaugural message City Mayor representative Mr. Enerio stressed that "agriculture and rural development is the basic instrument for poverty reduction and food security." He exhorted barangay residents through their barangay officials, people's organizations to collaborate with SEARCA - and the local agriculture office to become a beneficiary of this program.
Presently there are 30 assisted household beneficiaries in Barangay Victoria and 30 household beneficiaries in Barangay Clarin Settlement. Different varieties of cash crops and vegetables are produced under the program. ( OCM-MISO )