MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (PNA)–To push farmers in becoming agri-entrepreneurs, the Philip-pine Rice Research Insti-tute (PRRI-Midsayap) spearheaded today a Far-mers’ Field Day and Forum attended by farmers across the province of North Cotabato.
Engr. Milagros Casis, Department of Agriculture (DA-12) regional execu-tive director, said the event provided an opportunity for rice farmers to “get out of the box” and become entrepreneurs to improve productivity.
Theme “Magsasaka Na, Negosyante Pa!” the event also gave farmers the chance to personally asked questions about the govern-ment programs to agricul-ture officials, led by Director Casis.
Present to answer inquiries were Casis, Ommal H. Abdulkadil, PhilRice-Midsayap acting branch director and Dr. Sailila E. Abdula, PhilRice executive director.
After the program, a ceremonial harvest using state of the art postharvest facilities provided to far-mers’ cooperative by DA, was conducted
Casis said PhilRice will facilitate farmers in directly linking their products to the local, regional and national market.
North Cotabato Board Member Socrates Piñol, brother of Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol, also linked rubber farmers in North Cotabato Valenzuela City industries, giving them the opportunity to earn higher profits. Edwin O. Fer-nandez/PNA