Novo Ecijano farmers urged to become entrepreneurs

PALAYAN CITY, Nueva Ecija — Offered with technological and entrepreneurial know-how, farmers in this capital city of Nueva Ecija were urged to be businessmen amid the recurrent issues that have beset the agricultural sector.
Speaking before thousands of farmers during the 5th Palayan City Farmers’ Congress held at the Farmers Plaza, Barangay Singalat here, officials of various government institutions stressed the need for a more dynamic farming sector.
This year’s congress, carrying the theme “Sa Makabagong Agrikultura, Agripreneur, Linangin at Palakasin Now Na”, is a program of Palayan City Mayor Adrianne Mae Cuevas to facilitate the transfer of technology and provide farmers a venue to air their concerns.
Orlando Anselmo, director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Pampanga, said they have been extending scientific support to farmers to modernize agriculture.
For one, he said, his office is processing solar-powered water pumps that could be best for some groups of farmers.
“Yung biogas technology para po sa mga nag-aalaga ng manok, baboy, itik, at mga hayop na may manure. (The biogas technology is for those raising chickens, pigs, ducks, and other animals which have manure),” Anselmo said, referring to another mode of producing cheaper energy.
Brigida Pili, director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Nueva Ecija, said her office has established a Go Negosyo Center on the ground floor of the Palayan City Hall to help anybody, including farmers, to start a business venture.
He noted that some farmers have improved their lives by becoming entrepreneurs.
Aside from the DTI and DOST, other agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System, and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, joined the event.
State learning institutions, such as the Central Luzon State University and Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology, also shared studies on agriculture development.
City agriculturist Esmonia Lulu said the annual congress was a brainchild of Cuevas to advance the agriculture sector.
Meanwhile, farm equipment and machinery, as well as appliances, were given away to farmers in a raffle that spiced up the congress.
Several cows and a carabao were also raffled off during the event. (PNA)

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