DA taps youth, other sectors vs poverty

November 8, 2009 10:53 pm 

PILI, Camarines Sur, Nov. 9 –- The Regional Field Unit (RFU) for Bicol of the Department of Agriculture (DA) based here has tapped the youth in the agricultural sector in a more aggressive struggle towards poverty alleviation and food security.

It also mobilized the cross sections of the society into the Stand United, Fight Poverty, a campaign of the United Nations to provide an opportunity for farmers, fisherfolk, youth and other stakeholders to gain deeper understanding of poverty and food security issues.

“The initiative is to unite and gather the support of all sectors of society in denouncing extreme poverty and making form a united front towards the formulation in community levels of effective measures against this social malady,” DA Regional Executive Director Jose Dayao said on Monday.

In tapping the youth, the DA’s Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) launched recently the 2009-2013 4H Club Youth Development Program, a flagship undertaking for the development of the capabilities and potentials of the youth particularly those in the fisheries and agricultural sectors, Dayao said.

The program also encourages the Filipino youth to organize and participate in a more aggressive manner in the struggle to alleviate poverty and ensure food security through education and training which includes scholarships for deserving beneficiaries, he said.

It also includes trainings and exchange visits, support for livelihood projects which include technical and financial support and strengthening organizations with activities like congresses, meetings and consultations.

ATI Center director Efren Sabularse said that a total of P500,000 worth of livelihood projects were approved for this program.

Dayao, meanwhile, has urged all the regional winners of Gawad Saka Awards this year and the previous years to continue improving their farms and adopt new farming technologies for these to serve as showcase to other farmers.

Gawad Saka is a yearly search for individuals, groups and local government agencies involved in agriculture that perform significantly and obtained outstanding achievements in the field.

Dayao lauded the efforts of the winners in supporting DA's programs and projects. As a tribute, the RFU awarded them special citations and financial assistance for their livelihood projects during a recent gathering in Nabua, Camarines Sur.

There were seven regional winners and five special citation awardees of the Gawad Saka this year apart from about 50 more since the search was launched several years ago.

Dayao also turned over a brand new 4-WD farm tractor to the local government of Nabua under the GMA Corn Farm Mechanization Program counter-parting scheme. (PNA)

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