DA-6 honors 2014 regional Gawad Saka awardees

Johnny Nievares and family (4th and 5th from left) receive their award for Outstanding Farm Family from Department of Agriculture (DA)-6 Regional Executive Director Larry Nacionales (2nd from right) during the DA Western Visayas Gawad Saka 2014 Awarding Ceremony held at the Iloilo Midtown Hotel. (LTP/PIA-Iloilo)
Johnny Nievares and family (4th and 5th from left) receive their award for Outstanding Farm Family from Department of Agriculture (DA)-6 Regional Executive Director Larry Nacionales (2nd from right) during the DA Western Visayas Gawad Saka 2014 Awarding Ceremony held at the Iloilo Midtown Hotel. (LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

The Department of Agriculture 6 (DA) Region VI recognized the 11 regional winners of the 2014 Gawad Saka at the Midtown Hotel here on Thursday last week (July 31) in recognition of their continuing participation to the implementation of the department’s various projects to help boost Western Visayas’s agriculture.

The Gawad Saka is a prestigious award being conferred by the DA every year to deserving farmers, fisherfolks and organizations that contributed exemplary achievements in the field of agriculture and fisheries.

Among the individual category awardees are Ramon Uy, Jr. of Bacolod City – Outstanding Organic Agriculture Farmer, Rety John Suerto of Bago City, Negros Occidental – Outstanding Young Farmer, Rudy Golez of Brgy. Avila, Buenavista, Guimaras – Outstanding Coconut Farmer, Gilson Yap of Brgy. Sta. Clara, Oton, Iloilo – Outstanding High Value Crops Farmers, Hansel Montaño of Brgy. Banog-Banog, Isabela, Negros Occidental – Outstanding Corn Farmer, Herminia Decaniel of Brgy. Binubuhan, Bago City – Outstanding Sugarcane Farmer, Johnny Nievares, Brgy. Bagumbayan, Oton, Iloilo – Outstanding Farm Family, and Rodelia Panganiban of Silay City – Outstanding High Value Crops Farmer for Vegetable.

Other outstanding institutional category awardees are Sipalay City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mgt. Council of Sipalay City – Outstanding Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council, Federation of Hamtic Rural Improvement Club of Hamtic, Antique – Outstanding Rural Improvement Club and Southern Iloilo Area Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. of Oton, Iloilo – Outstanding Small Farmer/Fisherfolk Organization.

Regional winners were given plaques of recognition and cash prizes worth P 30,000 for the individual category and P50, 000 for the institutional category winners.

One of the awardees, 21-year-old Suerto said he was inspired by his agriculturist father to go into farming. He has been into farming for the past two years and he is happy to share that he uses organic fertilizers, concoctions, repellants and carbonized rice hull for his vegetable while commercial fertilizers for his farm.

Meanwhile, DA-6 director Larry Nacionales said the award showcases the achievements and success stories of enterprising farmers and fishermen who have boosted their harvest through the use of modern technologies and even organic farming.

“Our awardees contributed a big factor in our agriculture production that share with our local communities for food safety. As we go through, we are now focusing more on farm to be stable and in preparation for the two major problems – the climate change and logistics, that we are now facing,” he said.

Nacionales also encourages more farmers and awardees to continue participating in the implementation of plans necessary for the agriculture sector so that Region 6 will produce more awardees. IMT