|Municipal, City Agriculturists Rally Behind Aggie Chief|
|Written by DA-OSEC|
|Wednesday, 18 June 2014 04:11|
The biggest organization of municipal and city agriculturists all over the country has expressed its strong support to the work and leadership of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, saying his push for closer ties between devolved agricultural extension workers and the Department of Agriculture helped strengthen the Filipino agriculture sector’s competitive advantage.
In a two-page resolution sent to DA, the Board of Directors of the League of Municipal Agricultural Officers, Municipal and City Agriculturists of the Philippines Inc. (LeMMCAP) lauded Secretary Alcala for supporting increased involvement of agricultural extension workers and other actors in agri-fishery development efforts. The group said it allowed faster delivery of updated and appropriate technologies to the farmers and fishers, and facilitated stronger investments by LGUs in the agri-fishery sector.
“[Secretary Alcala’s] expertise and forte on agricultural extension created an enabling environment for increased investment in agriculture and most importantly, participation of agri-extension workers [in this development],” the resolution stated, signed by LeMMCAP President Jesusa Noveda of La Paz, Tarlac and board secretary Evangeline Puao of Consolacion, Cebu.
The “Local Government Code of 1991” (Republic Act No. 7160) transferred the direct administrative supervision of thousands of agricultural technicians and extension workers from DA to their respective LGUs. Since coming into office in 2010, Alcala has worked to strengthen partnerships with local chief executives and extension workers through regular field visits and consultations.
One particular area of collaboration is in the implementation of the government’s centerpiece food security blueprint called the Food Staples Sufficiency Program, whose primary objective is to enable the country produce all the rice that it needs.
Through the DA-Agriculture Training Institute, DA has re-tooled agricultural officers and extension workers, and trained new farmer-technicians, on locally-adapted technologies and applications such as the integrated crop management and judicious of fertilizers. The goal is to develop and upgrade local knowledge and technologies that are not only inexpensive and environment-friendly, but also reduce the cost of farm and fishery production.
Alcala welcomed the expression of support from LeMMCAP, saying it inspired him to work doubly hard to gain the confidence and cooperation of farmers and local leaders in the Department and its programs.
“We will continue to take steps steps to ensure that our extension systems are manned by workers who are competent in technology, in economics, in farming, and in reaching small farmers,” he said.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 04:14|