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Cordillera farmers exhibit skills in organic agri congress
by Press release

Cordillera organic agriculture farmers showed off their skills in various competitions during the Farmers’ Fiesta held at the BAPTC in La Trinidad, Benguet recently.

The fiesta was part of the 5th Regional Organic Agriculture Congress-cum-Farmers Festival and Trade Fair Exhibit where around 400 organic agriculture farmers and local officials from Abra, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao, and Mountain Province participated.

One of the event’s highlights was the cooking contest showcasing Cordillera’s organic native chicken as the main dish and edible fern or paco as the side dish. Two representatives from each province grouped together to cook and present their assigned dish at a specified time. 

Mountain Province garnered the first place for the side dish category, and received P4,000 cash prize. Benguet landed second place with P3,000, while Ifugao won the third place and took home P2,000.

Other participants received P1,000 each as consolation prize.

For the main dish competition, Abra, Benguet, and Mountain Province tied in first place, each receiving P4,000 while the two remaining provinces received P1,000 each.

Mountain Province was hailed as overall champion for the cooking competition and brought home an additional P2,000 while Benguet landed second place.

All participating provinces received a certificate of award.

The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera also gave away five heads of piglets in the native pig weight estimation contest. Benguet took home two heads of piglets while Abra, Mountain Province, and Kalinga got one each.

Another major contest during the congress was the best booth competition that showcased the different local organic products from the five provinces.

The best booth was awarded to Ifugao followed by Abra, each receiving a certificate and P10,000 and P7,000, respectively. The three remaining provinces also received a certificate and a P1,000 consolation prize each.

Other games included water fetching, fruit in the basket, and cup blowing where winners were given seeds in can as prize.

Farmers thanked the DA for coming up with the congress as it opened an opportunity for them to learn new things and also mingle with other organic farmers.

In his closing remarks, DA OIC Regional Technical Director for Operations Danilo P. Daguio told the farmers, “If we don’t change our strategy in farming, there will be no progress. Our solution to our degrading environment is organic farming and this is our big contribution. We have proven that we can go for organic as evidenced by our previous awards in the national level in terms of organic farming. We should be challenged in going organic.”


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