Buglasan Farm Family Congress in Dumaguete, Negros

The Provincial Agriculturist’s Office (PAO) has marked a slight increase in the number of farmers taking part in the Buglasan Farm Family Congress which was successfully held this week, with complete participation from all local government units and agriculture development clubs in the province.

Various local farm produce that were presented during the activity include root crops, vegetables, fresh fruits, spices, organically grown rice, processed foods like sardines, salted fish and dried fish.

Governor Emilio Macias II, during the opening of the farm congress, showed his festive side with the farmers and even serenaded them with his favorite song, “Buta” (Cebuano for a blind person).

He said the lyrics of the song are very fitting for the farm family congress because they encourage the community to work through the spirit of cooperation.

He said the 4-H clubs, the Rural Improvement Clubs, the Barangay Agriculture Development Center (BADC) and the Government Agriculture Development Center (GADCent) are among the few agricultural groups that should be supported.

Gov. Macias also reiterated the challenge to the farmers to fully adopt organic farming in line with the Basta NegOrganic project of the provincial government.

He said all farmers should understand the negative effects of using chemical fertilizers so that they will be convinced to use organic farming methods.

Provincial Agriculturist Gregorio Paltinca said although majority of the farm produce displayed at the Farm Family Congress is organically grown but some farmers may still be using chemical fertilizer.

But he noticed an increase in the number of farmer participants compared to last year’s Farm Family Congress.

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