CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, May 14 (PIA) - - Michael Lumas-i of Tabuk City is named "Farmer-Director" for the Cordillera Administrative Region for May as part of the celebration of t Farmers and Fisherfolks Month.
Lumas-i, who is the chairperson of the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council, shall assume the roles and responsibilities of DA-Regional Director under the Farmer-Director Program, which is in recognition of farmers and fisherfolks as key players in agricultural and rural development.
"As a Farmer-Director, I will continue farming advocacy to ensure that the program and project interventions of the government, particularly of DA are seen to be fully utilized by our fellow farmers. Thus, this will give them opportunities to produce high quality agriculture products," he said.
He underscored that these DA interventions that include mechanization, facilities, trainings, information and technology dissemination are towards achieving food sufficiency and resiliency.
Lumas-i is a rice farmer and owner of the Bacayan Rice-Based Integrated Farm School, a learning site for agriculture in the city accredited by the Agricultural Training Institute under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.
DA Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey during the kick-off program commended farmers and fisherfolks for their valuable contribution to the agriculture sector.
"Since Covid happened, farming did not stop. The production of agricultural products never stopped notwithstanding the restrictions on mobility and IATF protocols. Despite the challenges the country is facing, farmers remained loyal to produce food. We salute them and recognize their efforts in ensuring that all Filipinos have sufficient food to eat," Odsey said. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga with reports fromDA-RFO CAR, RAFIS)