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DA to honor R-10 agri-extensionists as Nat’l. Quality Corn Achievers

Cagayan de Oro City – For their laudable contributions in increasing farmers’ adoption on good agricultural practices to produce good quantity and quality of corn, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to honor three outstanding agricultural extensionists from Northern Mindanao.

Now on its 5th year, DA annually conducts its search for the National Quality Corn Achievers (NQCA) to recognize the efforts made by the local government units (LGUs) to strengthen food security in the country, particularly in corn.

Chosen as national winners from Region 10 are agricultural extension workers (AEWs) Kristina P. Soria, Bernido P. Miasco and Neptali C. Ambos, all from the municipality of Lantapan, Bukidnon.

As achievers, they have been selected for actively bridging the implementation of corn-related programs, projects and interventions at the grassroots level in close collaboration with DA’s Corn Program.

For this year, the trio is just among the nation’s 100 commendable AEWs throughout the country while the other QCAs include 5 corn producing provinces, 5 provincial agriculturists, 5 provincial corn coordinators, 25 corn-producing municipalities/cities, 25 municipal/city agriculturists and 25 municipal/city corn coordinators.

The awardees will be receiving their incentives in the form of cash prizes amounting to Php20,000 and a plaque of recognition each. This will be given during the 13th Philippine National Corn Congress (PNCC) on November 22-24, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

With the theme: “Reshaping Corn as Staple; for Health and Wellness”, the PNCC will underscore the paramount importance of corn as a staple food crop to easen the country’s reliance on rice through the staging of discussions on policy advocacy, technology presentations and machinery displays.

In addition, it will also highlight the promotion of rice corn blend, as a taste survey will likewise be done to determine the acceptability of rice-corn blend as part of the mainstream Filipino diet.

Along with the honorees, R-10’s delegation will include DA-10 headed by its OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA*, corn and cassava farmers’ organizations and clusters.

Simultaneous in the conduct of the NQCA, the 1st Cornucopia Awards, a search which aims to recognize laudable farmer organizations implementing value-adding on corn and cassava, and the 1st Cassava Cluster Management Excellence Awards, which targets to honor cassava cluster organizations who have outstandingly performed in the implementation of cassava-related projects and interventions by DA Corn/Cassava Program, will also be held.

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