Provincial Administrator Rommel Edaño (center), Provincial Agriculturist Roberto Gajo (right) at and Philippine Coconut Authority AdministratorEuclides G. Forbes in the Coconut Forum last August 16 held at the Kalilayan Hall.
A Coconut Forum was held last August 16 at the Kalilayan Hall in Lucena City, where over 300 coconut farmers from the province of Quezon attended. The program discussion started at 9 am and ended later at 5 pm in an open forum.
As the representative of Quezon Governor David “Jayjay” C. Suarez, Provincial Administrator Rommel Edaño opened his welcoming speech by thanking everyone who came.He also added that the discussion between the government and farmers should be continued in order to more effectively and efficiently solution problems in the agrarian sector through exchange of ideas.
According to Provincial Agriculturist Roberto Gajo, the farmers of Quezon can tangibly feel the programs of the Serbisyong Suarez sa Agrikultura. Through their active participation in the celebration of the first-ever Niyogyugan Festival, they exhibited their prowess in growing crops as well as new technological advancements in the field of agriculture. The coconut-themed booths that lined up in front of the old capitol building and the mini-farm that was put up in Perez Park served as glistening examples to encourage farmers to improve their techniques in growing produce.
Gajo also said that the Provincial Government is ready to give support to the farmers through the farming equipment, fertilizers, and free coconut saplings they provide.
In the message of Philippine Coconut Authority Administrator Euclides G. Forbes, he enumerated the programs the government has for the coconut farmer, like the Cash for Work Program where the PCA would pay for the coconut saplings registered farmers will plant and, the distribution of free 500 coconut saplings each for every farmer wishing to have coconuts to plant. He also added that from 30.00 pesos, they wished to increase what the agency pays farmers for every coconut tree they plant to 40.00 pesos each.
In the forum, Atty. Oscar “KaOca” Santos expressed his grief that there is still no result for the coco levy fund. He said that the issue is more than just on coconuts,but on theright of farmers to a better state of living. After the program, an open forum between the attending farmers and people from the agrarian sector and PCA took place.(QUEZON PIO)
Mga nag sidalo sa isinagawang Coconut Forum sa Bulwagang Kalilayan noong ika-16 ng Agosto 2012, dinaluhan ng mahigit sa tatlong daang katao mula sa iba’t ibang bayan sa buong lalawigan.