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Senator Villar pushes for more farm schools
By: PPAO
Thursday, 17 November 2016
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A TOKEN OF GRATITUDE. Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado hands over the certificicate of appreciation to Senator Cynhia Villar for being the guest speaker during the 15th National Vegetable Congress and Agro-Industrial Exhibit hosted by the Provincial Government of Bulacan held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, City of Malolos, Bulacan this morning. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS – Senator Cynthia Villar encouraged some 600 vegetable growers and other stakeholders from all over the country to consider building farm schools in their respective areas to help boost the vegetable industry during the 15th National Vegetable Congress and Agro-Industrial Exhibit held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city, Thursday morning.

“It is really about time to highlight the vegetable industry lalo na in the context of food security and in line with the theme, the attainment of affordable and available food for every Filipino. Tandaan po natin farmers and fishermen are the majority sa ating bansa at kung magkakaroon ng farm schools, mapa-accredit sa TESDA, libre na po ang tuition fee nito, malaking bagay para sa bansa,” Villar said.

The event focused on discussing new technologies on seed, its breeding and proper post harvest handling of vegetable in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado shared that Bulakenyo vegetable growers produce more than 60 percent of vegetables available in all public markets in Metro Manila.

“Isa ito sa aming ipinagmamalaking bunga ng aming lupaing likas na mayaman, bunga ng pagpapagal ng ating mga magsasaka na itinuturing nating bayani na walang maliw na nagpapagal upang matiyak na may sariwang gulay tayong maihahain sa ating mga hapag,” Alvarado said.

The governor also said that aside from the farmers, everyone should be educated about the importance of vegetables.

“Kinakailangan pagsumikapan nating mapalawak din ang merkado ng ating mga gulay at antas ng kanilang kalidad upang sa huli ay ganap natin itong mailuwas sa pandaigdigang pamilihan,
mapalawig ang kamalayan hindi lamang ng ating mga magsasaka bagkus ay lahat ng ating mamamayan hinggil sa kabutihan ng gulay sa ating katawan,” Alvarado added.

Daisy Duran of San Ildefonso Vegetable and Palay Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative said that this is a great opportunity for all attendees to learn more and be part of a solution for concerns and issues through the resolutions that they will come up and be submitted to the Congress and Department of Agriculture.

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