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An Organic Congress was conducted in Lagawe, Ifugao on June 15, 2017 at the Lagawe, Central School gymnasium to provide an avenue to discuss and able to come up with development plan for the Organic Agriculture industry in the province and become an essential inputs in the region’s immediate and long term development programs.

Also, the activity aims to highlight and present programs and activities that strongly support assurance of sustainable supply of clean and safe food that shall always be available, accessible, and affordable for the people.

Governor Pedro G. Mayam-o acknowledged that farmers are the most important citizen in every nation that is why in his development programs, agriculture comes second most important matter to oversee. He then reminded the farmers of the support of the DA Secretary Manny Piñol to the province. “Secretary Piñol had been visiting this province several times and have committed to see to it that the farmers are supposed to be well benefitted by the programs of the government” he said. 
After sharing secretary Piñol’s thoughts and commitments to the Province, he then urged the farmers and provincial staff to help, cooperate and support the programs of the government so that as much as possible, food production in the province will increase and will be able to supply the needs of their neighboring provinces.

Dr. Cameron Odsey, Department of Agriculture- Cordillera, Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulatory Services also shared that the Department has done so far to help the Province of Ifugao in addressing poverty. He stated that in 2016, around 91M worth of different

projects was given to the province of Ifugao, around 113M for this year and 93M for 2018 that is based on the project proposals submitted. Aside from the regular programs of DA, 51.7M for FMR is also expected to be released this year under the CHARMP2 Project that will cover three barangays from three municipalities specifically Anao, Hingyon, Abatan, Hungduan and Gumhang, Tinoc. Before ending his talk, he urged the farmers to continue the good things they have started and assured that the Department of Agriculture will always be by their side to support them in their endeavors.

In addition, the DTI Director Valentin A. Baguidudol challenged the participants to further understand the value chain of agriculture by stating; “Perhaps it’s about time to incorporate in agriculture the concept of agribusiness and to look at our farming activities as a business venture itself, as an enterprise because I believe that adding the concept of agribusiness would somehow give us a better understanding of why we are doing farming that is not simply for us to produce food, it’s not simply just to produce crops, but that it is a bulk of mechanism for our own sustenance and livelihood.”

Before closing the program, farmers were given the chance to ask questions regarding the DA’s various programs directed to the Provincial Governor Pedro Mayam-o, Vice-governor Jose Gullitiw, Board member Noli Maguiwe, DTI Director Valentin Baguidudol, and RTD Cameron Odsey. // Leny Mendoza