PGIN launches ‘Paspas Dur-as Biag ti Away!’ flagship agriculture programNov 17, 2015
With its commitment to enhance the productivity and sustainability of the agriculture sector in Ilocos Norte, the provincial government launched its flagship program ‘Paspas Dur-as Biag ti Away!’ on November 5, 2015.
Governor Imee Marcos said that ‘Paspas Dur-as Biag ti Away!’ (rapid development in the rural areas) is dedicated to elevate the quality of agriculture in Ilocos Norte by generating opportunities and providing support to Ilocano farmers as well as improving farming practices across the province.
The said program was introduced in the Municipality of Bacarra during the conduct of Manang Imee’s Capitol Express, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte’s (PGIN) roving one-stop-shop which brings the capitol’s frontline services to the grassroots.
Mr. Edwin Cariño, Head of PGIN’s Millennium Development Goals Office, explained that the program will continuously provide agricultural support including high quality seeds, machineries and facilities to Ilocano farmers.
It also involves the conduct of actual agricultural activities such as planting, harvesting and applying fertilizers to different crops.
“What makes these activities unique is the actual participation of Governor Imee Marcos. She really wants our local farmers to experience agricultural transformation,” Cariño added.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Agriculture Office conducted a three-day agricultural training on November 3 to 5, 2015 to further equip the participants with multi-faceted skills in the production, processing, packaging, marketing and developing local products, livestock and fishery.
Held at the Mariano Marcos State University Training Center, it was attended by 190 farmers, fisher folks, women and youth from the different cities and municipalities in the province.
Participants were also taught basic book keeping and recording of financial transactions as well as Good Manufacturing Practices.
Taste tests and display of processed foods including bagnet, longganisa and dragon fruit ice cream were also conducted.
Representatives from the Provincial Capitol also discussed about the opportunities in availing initial capital to start a small business or additional capital to expand an existing business.
During the closing ceremony, the participants organized a federation dedicated to support the province’s agricultural community.
Alexander Pascual of Pasuquin, the elected president of the federation, said that they will make sure to help the provincial government in boosting the agricultural productivity in Ilocos Norte for the present and future generations.
Governor Marcos’ agriculture efforts also include distribution of drought-resistant crops and livestock to farmers, developing watersheds, launching of garlic buyback program as well as strengthening farmers’ and fishermen’s organizations.