The provincial government of Negros Occidental recognized the local farmers in the province for their efforts in sustaining organic agriculture.
Leading the awarding ceremony at the opening rites of the 14th Negros Island Organic Farmers’ Festival yesterday at the Provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City were Senator Cynthia Villar and Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.
Named as best organic rice producer was Chato Genton of Pontevedra against finalist Wennie Abarillo of Bago City.
Recognized for best farm in-conversion in the individual category was Jerry Bareto of Victorias City, who bested finalists Niel Priolo of Candoni and Cheryl Abadies of San Carlos City, while the Mansalanao Coffee Growers of La Castellana won in the group category against finalists Mailum Organic Village of Bago City, Barangay Prosperidad Organic Village of San Carlos City, and Minoyan Murcia Marginal Coffee Growers Association of Murcia.
The best organic agriculture integrated project award went to Sarah Villaflor of La Castellana, and finalists were the Kaneshige Farm of La Carlota City and Roseny Villanueva of Binalbagan.
The best organic farming family was the Bantilan family from Himamaylan City, who won against finalist Managaytay family from San Carlos City, while Gina Dela Rosa of Bago City was named best organic agriculture entrepreneur over finalist Marco Cuenca of Salvador Benedicto.
Azer Gelido of La Castellana was awarded best banana grower and finalists were Jenel Patricio of Cadiz City and Elmer Flores of San Carlos City. Gelido was also named as best farmer in inland aquaculture.
For winners of best livestock project, Luis Martin of San Enrique won in the beef cattle category, Reena Peña of E.B. Magalona – dairy cattle category, Butz Buerom of Bago City – free range chicken category, Eddie Villaruz of La Carlota City for black/native pig category, and Mark Ligan of Murcia in the goat category.
The best Gulayan sa Paaralan winners were Andres Bonifacio Central School of San Carlos City in the elementary level, and Quirico Manzano National High School of Candoni in the high school level.
Awarded as best cacao grower was Rodolfo Villarenia of Silay City, who bested finalists Maribel Palencia of Silay and Melani Valencia of Isabela, while the best coffee grower award went to Maria Cayab of Salvador Benedicto against finalists Editha Purisima and Romeo Alonar, both of San Carlos City.
San Carlos City was recognized for best local government support to organic agriculture program while the best organic focal person was Elpidio Dayuday Jr.*
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