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Guv reaffirms
support to agri sector

Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. committed to support the agriculture sector in Negros Occidental after noting that organic farming is the bright hope for the country's economy to prosper, Edna Garde, manager of the Farmers' Information and Technology Services Center said yesterday.

Marañon spoke at the opening program of the training on E-Learning of the Agricultural Training Institute in Region VI held at May's Organic Garden in Bacolod City, recently.

He presented the Negros First Crop Insurance Program for the rice farmers, which is the first scheme of insurance system in cooperation with the Philippine Corp Insurance Corporation, Garde said.

NFUCIP that covers crop damages and offers protection to farmers against losses from pest infestation, natural calamities, and plant diseases, was launched in August last year, she said.

Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan also said resource mobilization was the key to making things happen for the agriculture sector to be where it is now, adding that the province was recently awarded in the national level for the Agri-Pinoy Rice Awards and Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena highlighted the mobilization of the people's organization in the implementation of the livestock sector.

Aside from the training, the participants also went on tour at the integrated farm of Magsasaka Siyentista Ramon Peñalosa in Victorias City. *LTG


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