The Department of Agriculture honors the 12 outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers, one outstanding Local Government Unit, and one Irrigators Association in Region 11 held in Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World, Manila Friday.
Due to their excellent performance in helping rice farmers increase their production and income, these 12 agricultural Extension Workers were given special award and a cash prize of P20,000 each from the Office of the Secretary.
Awardees from Davao del Sur include Andajao Agnes, Florencio Mediano, Flordeliza Baldoza, Jovita Bretana, Antonia Marfil, Florami Dedace, Dominador Elegio Jr., and Beatriz Escobar. From B.E. Dujali Davao del Norte, awardees include Nelson Baer, Ben Cocoy, Lorna Escobar, and Mary Jane Molato.
Agriculture Regional Director Remelyn Recoter who assisted the Secretary during the awarding, said that DA honors these outstanding rice performers to be emulated by other rice industry stakeholders in the region.
“These outstanding AEWs are one of the heroes of our country today. They are the DA’s hands and mouth in the countryside. They are the one encouraging more rice farmers to use quality seeds and teaching them the appropriate technologies to be applied in the rice field,” Recoter said.
Part of the awardees is the town of B. E. Dujali as outstanding agri achievers - Municipal category receiving a trophy and a project grant amounting to P1 Million.
The Taytayan Irrigators Association in Davao Oriental was also awarded as outstanding Irrigators’ Association and received a trophy and project grant amounting to P1 Million.
This Agri achievers award which is now on its third year is DA’s way of thanking the country’s rice farmers and their respective provincial and municipal officials and AEWs for their continuing efforts and contribution to increase rice production.
The top provinces, cities and municipalities were chosen based on the incremental increases in rice harvest and average yield per hectare over 2012 levels, increases over their 2012 targets, amount of budget devoted to rice projects and initiatives, number of farmers benefited, and degree of quality seed utilization, among others. (egdeligero/Aggie Media Service)