Citrus Fiesta held
Governor Carlos M. Padilla attended the opening ceremonies of the 3rd Farms-Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda (FIESTA) of the Cagayan Valley Agriculture, Aquatic Resources Research and Development (CVAARRD) Consortium held on September 13 at the Nueva Vizcaya Convention Center in Capitol, Bayombong.
The FIESTA was a 3-day event that focused on the best citrus production practices of farmers in Malabing Valley of Kasibu, the growing citrus industry, and the ongoing efforts to advance its production in the whole region. The event brought together key players and stakeholders to intensify the development of the citrus industry. It was a platform for knowledge-sharing and information exchange on marketing opportunities and linkages.
An Appreciation Tour to Malabing Valley in Kasibu to visit well-managed citrus orchards, demonstrating practices and products of quality planting materials was held on the second day.
The Governor sees that the FIESTA event is a huge break for the province as it will serve as an avenue to provide impetus to the growing industry. “Our goal is for the citrus production to be recognized as a major agricultural industry in the region and in the entire country,” Padilla said.
The provincial government take cognizance to the efforts and perseverance of the farmers of the Malabing Valley led by Alfonso Namujhe Jr. in blazing the trail for the citrus industry. Aside from the town of Kasibu which has emerged a top producer of quality citrus in the region, the industry is now fast spreading in the various towns of the province.
The attention given to the citrus industry by the different agencies like the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU), along with the improvement of roads are factors that augur well for citrus production.
“The question is not to produce more, but a question to improve the life of the farmers. We need to pursue programs and projects that will develop and promote production, processing and utilization of citrus and its various products to improve the quality of life of communities where citrus is grown,” Padilla added. #bg