Bulacan farmers bag ‘Gawad Saka Awards 2016’

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Bulakenyos had a harvest of honors recently when the Department of Agriculture III (DA 3) the recognized their outstanding work in the recent awarding of the Regional Gawad Saka and Organic Agriculture Achievers 2016 at the Heroes Hall, San Fernando City, Pampanga.San Ildefonso farmers got the major awards in the individual categories namely: Bienvenido Gumapos for Outstanding High-Value Crops, Nemencio Concepcion as Outstanding Rice Farmer and Celestino Mananguit as Outstanding Large Animal Raiser. Artemio Veneracion from Baliwag was named Outstanding Small Animal Raiser for his significant contributions to livestock development. In the group category, Umpucan Palay and Vegetable Farmers MPC, also from San Ildefonso, was this year’s Gawad Saka Outstanding Barangay Food Terminal Awardee (Not Managed by a Local Government Unit). All the awardees received plaques of appreciation and cash award of P30,000 in the individual category and P50,000 in the group category. Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado congratulated the winners and commended their respective municipalities for their continued support to the farmers. The Gawad Saka recognizes annually the significant contributions of the farmers, fisherfolk and rural groups to the development of the agriculture sector.

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