19, 2013

NR # 3261C

New agricultural technologies vital to food security
Agricultural productivity and food security are vital concerns of government which should not be ignored. This is why the Committees on Agriculture and Food, Science and Technology, and the Special Committee on Food Security, are jointly sponsoring the Farmer’s Week celebration, from October 21st, coinciding with the celebration of House of Representatives’ month. The agricultural sector concrete contribution to the Philippine economy and to national development in the long term will highlight the Farmer’s Week activities. Other sector-sponsors include the Department of Agriculture and its attached agencies, farmers groups and cooperatives and the private sector. The organizers are inviting all interested parties to the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the whole-day Farmer’s Exhibit on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm, at the North Wing Lobby, Batasan Main Building. Likewise, a Farmer’s Market, participated in by farmer’s groups and cooperative, with booths to sell their products will be set up at the HRep canteen from October 21 to 24. On the same day at 12:30 pm at the north wing lobby, the HRep Human Resource Management Service will take charge of a forum dubbed “Learning Session, where successful farmers who have transformed their lives and the lives of others through the adoption of new agricultural technologies will be sharing their experiences with HRep employees who may be interested in considering farming as a second career or a viable retirement option. The farmer’s groups and cooperatives members are expected to have an audience with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. on October 22 nd at 2:30 pm before they are ushered to the Main Gallery to be recognized as well as to observe plenary proceedings at 4:00 pm. It may be recalled that late last month, the said House joint House panels organized a lecture entitled “Tools for Smarter Agriculture” with Dr. Wayne Parrot, a professor of Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia (USA), focused on the use of biotechnology in agriculture. Dr. Parrot revealed in that lecture that as of 2012, the use of genetically modified organism (GMO) in agricultural crops has already been adopted in 28 nations worldwide

by more than 17 million farmers. (30) dpt

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