Monday, April 20, 2015

Naga Farmers' Week set for May 6-9
By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY, April 17 (PNA) -- Fresh and good quality fruits and other farm products that are lower in prices take center stage during the three-day Farmers' Week which will be celebrated on May 6-9, this year.

The occasion will also give recognition to hardworking farm workers here.

Highlighting the start of the event is the setting up of colorful agricultural booths inside the City Hall grounds by farmers from the city’s 10 farming barangays.

Construction of sales and exhibit stands will be undertaken by way of "bayanihan" or collective effort among the participating farmers.

“This year’s celebration will be different from previous ones as there will also be folk dance competition and photo contest, 'laro ng lahi' and lectures on organic agriculture and climate change,” says Maria Edna Bongalonta, head of the City Agriculture Office (CAO).

On the second day, the farmers and the CAO personnel will be in "bulaklakan" (floral) attire as they participate in a Thanksgiving Mass, ribbon cutting and opening of the agri-fair to be graced by city officials led by Mayor John G. Bongat and Regional Executive Director Abelardo Bragas of the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Field Office V. “The activity is one way of giving honors and expressing our gratitude to our hardworking farm heroes who toil their lands for us to have something to eat,” she said.

Also highlighting the event is the induction of the newly elected officers of Barangay Agricultural and Fishery Council, the Naga City Livestock Raisers Federation, and the Naga City Rural Improvement Club.

At 1:30 p.m., a folk dance competition will be held at the Naga City People’s Hall, which will be followed by an open forum.

The discussion on different issues and concerns will be participated in by various organizations in the agriculture sector.

The Laro ng Lahi is slated to be held on Day 3, wherein the farmers and their family members will actively participate in various traditional games like "bulong-pari," "sambunot" (aragawan niyog), "karakanan mais" and sack race.

Capping the three-day event is a photo presentation by farmers and CAO personnel on their memorable moments and success stories, which will be followed by the announcement and awarding of winners in the competitions.

The city’s agricultural barangays are San Isidro, Cararayan, Panicuason, Carolina, Pacol, Concepcion Grande, Concepcion Pequeña, Mabolo, Balatas and San Felipe. (PNA) SCS/FGS/JBN/cbd/