Sen. Villar asks farmers to help achieve food sufficiency

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, March 13 (PIA) -- Senator Cynthia Villar challenged farmers to contribute in achieving food sufficiency in the country, sustain the source of healthy foods for a productive Filipino, build the cooperative as partner of social institute for poverty alleviation and governance and to make life better.

 

Villar, who was guest speaker during the 32nd Annual General Assembly of Tabuk Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TAFAMULCO), told coop members to put agriculture production on the forefront of national development warning them of an impending hunger to happen in 2050 citing United Nations forecast.

To see through the ages a healthy Filipino, she urged coop member families to engage in backyard gardening and in small farming to have ready source of rich food nutrients.  She called on   the coop to give the best services it can offer to members to improve their living condition.

“Above all, each of us should be enterprising in exploring opportunities in establishing permanent source of income, otherwise mag-sariling sikap tayo para sa magandang kinabukasan at hindi a-asa sa iba pag may kalamidad”, Villar said.

The Senator, who is also the Committee Chairman on Agriculture and Food, hopes to see farmers increasing their productivity using agricultural machinery. “We look forward for the mechanization of farming so that you will not be drying your palay and corn on highways but instead on mechanical dryer,” she said.

She also invited   cooperatives to partner with the Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) under the Villar Foundation where they can learn and get capacitated at the Villar Farm School.

The Villar Foundation through SIPAG also gives award to excelling coops particularly those that offer value-added services to their members for them to be competitive. As a result of good standing and in helping members alleviate from poverty, TAFAMULCO is among 21 coops nationwide given award by SIPAG-Villar Foundation with P250, 000 cash prize and a trophy.

The theme of TAFAMULCO’s 32nd General Assembly was “Kinatakneng Dagiti Kamkameng, Talged Naruay a Gameng." Management report shows that the coop has raised uts asset to P338 million in 2017 from 283M in 2016 and with total membership of 6,780. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

 

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