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Attended by Mindanao Zonal Group which is composed of six regions, the congress aims to facilitate a particularly localized approach to involve more farmers, fisherfolks and stakeholders in Mindanao in technology promotion and dissemination in agriculture and fisheries.

Atty. Francisco Villano, Undersecretary for Admin and Finance said that the congress marks a telling point in DA’s concerted effort to strengthen the agriculture sector not only in Mindanao but across the country.

“CPAR is invaluable in our initiatives to reach out to our target communities by providing relevant agri-related information to our farmers. This is the reason why we work tirelessly to assist you in increasing your productivity by providing the necessary services, facilities and technologies,” he adds.

He added that the CPAR farmer-beneficiaries are reported to have appreciated and recognized the necessity of these technologies in their operations which eventually resulted in increased production and increase in income.

“CPAR are vital in our bid to address poverty especially in the countryside where agriculture, the sector where we all belong, plays a vital role,” Villano further said.

Meanwhile, Digna Sandoval, DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) Assistant Director reported that their agency supported 87 CPAR projects in Mindanao in 219 sites. The said projects have established 4,955 farmers all over the zone and have assisted 141 farmer organizations.

“CPAR serves as the entry point of National Technology Commercialization Program (NTCP) wherein it serves as on-farm technology demonstration and assessment arena for potential suitable technologies for the communities,” Sandoval adds.

The two-day congress will provide plenary presentations on marketing strategies; entrepreneurship and product packaging and labeling.