FOLLOWING the difficulties facing the local farmers, they can still flash a smile while cultivating their lands.
But even how hard they work, farmers in Negros Occidental need our support now more than ever.
Since Negros Occidental is classified as an agricultural province and has the potential to become the country’s Food Basket, there is a need to keep up with the emerging agricultural trends.
Because of these needs, RU Foundry and Machine Shop Corporation (RUFMSC) will be hosting the launching of the “Famers’ Kapihan” at May’s Organic Garden in Barangay Pahanocoy, Bacolod City on Sunday, September 15, 2019 starting at 6 o’clock in the morning.
Ramon Uy Sr. of RUFMSC believes that this will be a perfect venue to discuss the future of the agricultural sector in the province.
He says the “Farmers’ Kapihan” will be regularly held every Sunday starting from the initial launch this week, and will be “free of charge” where organic coffee and native delicacies will be served to the participants – our resilient and hardworking farmers.
The Farmers Kapihan is open to all farmers and stakeholders in organic farming, wellness, and environmental protection advocates.
As part of the farmers’ event, there will be open discussions, technology sharing, and other topics which will be beneficial for the local farmers, particularly to those living in the rural areas.
Resource persons are also expected to share their ideas, where farmers can learn new agricultural technologies.
But Ramon Uy Sr. emphasized that the event will not require membership, and explained that this will be a gathering of those who may want to share and learn insights from each other, and who are willing to share their hard-earned experiences to the youth who will become “the country’s next generation of farmers.”
Adding that this will be supported by experts coming from the different sectors in the province, like the Central Philippines State University (CPSU) headed by its president Dr. Aladino C. Moraca who is expected to share the farming technologies they have developed.
Other government officials are also expected to attend the gathering to promote the projects and interventions of the provincial government of Negros Occidental under the new leadership of Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson.
There will also be a showroom where “applied” organic farming technologies can be observed and new agricultural machinery can be seen.
Uy Sr. says “there is wealth in agriculture if a farmer can become persistent, creative, open to new technologies, and industrious enough.”
As this developed, Uy Sr. is requesting the farmers to regularly attend the weekly gathering where they can also display their produce and offer them to the public at reasonable prices.
Other stakeholders are also welcome to attend the event in order to help the marginalized farmers in the province to become resilient, productive, and abreast with the ever-changing developments in the agricultural sector.
This forum can be a platform where local farmers can talk about their own experiences, including the triumphs they have achieved, and the challenges they have encountered. ([email protected]/PN)