The Negros Occidental provincial government gave P117,000 in cash prices to the winners of the 7th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival,Dina Genzola, senior agriculturist of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said yesterday.
Genzola said that they conducted Filipino games, organic quest, indigenous band, song writing, and cooking contests during the festival to increase awareness of organic agriculture and to see how much Negrenses know about organic farming.
The winners of the Best Gulayan Sa Paaralanwere Paglaum Village Elementary School - first, Murcia Elementary School – second and V. Cauntoy Elementary School in Bago City - third. The schools received P5,000, P4,000, and P3,000 respectively for their cash prizes, and garden tools and vegetable seeds for their gardens.
Winners of the song writing competition were Almacio Montilla of Pulupandan - first, Pablita Villarin of Bacolod City - second, and Reynaldo Ardiola of Cauayan town - third. Cash prizes of P5,000, P3,000, and P2,000 were given to the top three winners.
Indigenous band competition winners were Vegetarian Pork Barbecue of Bacolod City - first, Organic Neck of Bacolod City - second, and Babaylanes Band of Isabella – third, who received P5,000, P4,000, and P3,000 in cash prizes, respectively.
Local government units also joined in the organic cooking contest where Isabela town ranked first, while Sagay City and Moises Padilla town settled for second and third places. They received P5,000, P3,000, and P2,000 in cash prizes, respectively.
The province also gave out prizes for the Ms. Earth Special competitions.
Winning producers in the basket categorywere Aguinaldo Alicia Agricultural Corp. – first, Don Salvador Benedicto for its yacoon - second and Bug-ang Organic Association of Toboso - third, who received P1,500, P1,000, and P500 in prizes, respectively.
Best Basket Presentation winners were BOA-Toboso - first, Silay City and LACOCPA/SOCPA of La Carlota and La Castella -second, and Moises Padilla - third. Their cash prizes were P4,000, P2,500, and P2,000 respectively.
The Most Variety of Products went to Silay City and the Negros Nine Development Foundation Inc. for first place, and LACOCPA/SOCPA of La Carlota and La Castella and Alter Trade for the second place. They received P2,000 and P1,000, respectively.
The orrganic quest, drawing and poster making contests, and traditional Filipino games like kadang, tug of war, bunongbraso, and sack race wereparticipated by in by students, farmers, and spectators during the festival.*LTG