PANGASINAN HOLDS EXPO FOR FARMERS, FISHERFOLK ANEW
Pangasinan provincial government officials headed by Gov. Amado Espino III (second from right) cut the ribbon during the Umaani Expo Trade Fair, signifying the start of the five-day agriculture activity. (Photo courtesy of Provincial Government of Pangasinan's official Facebook page)
STA. BARBARA, Pangasinan -- The provincial government of Pangasinan has opened the third Umaani Expo showcasing latest farm machineries and equipment as well as providing a platform for farmers and fisherfolk to promote their products.
Governor Amado Espino III, in his speech during the formal opening program on Monday, told the farmers and fisherfolk that the goal of the activity is to enable them to learn more about various ways to further boost their agricultural production.
“Para matuto at kumita kayo (So you would learn and earn more) for your families and send your children to school,” he said.
Espino also told them that the expo has a lot to offer, as the national agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, National Irrigation Administration, among others, alongside the provincial government, are supporting them.
“Bangon tayo, bawi tayo. Andito provincial government na tutulong palakasin at paunlarin ang agrikultura (Let us recover. The provincial government is here to help you as we strengthen and develop agriculture in the province),” he noted.
Pangasinan's agriculture sector experienced massive loss last year due to several weather disturbances in the province.
“The Umaani Expo, a brainchild project of the governor, is a way of showing recognition and gratitude to the farmers, and fishermen for their sacrifices and invaluable contributions to the food security in the province, and to nationbuilding,” said provincial agriculturist officer-in-charge Nestor Batalla.
On March 12, the Umaani Expo will highlight the Sangka Contests or the competition for the biggest, heaviest and longest high-value crops; and heaviest fish, among others.
Attendees will also learn about the latest updates and concerns on farming, fishery, livestock raising, and other technical concepts on agricultural production.
The five-day expo, which runs from March 11 to 16, carries the theme: “Payabungin at Pangalagaan ang Agrikultura ng Pangasinan.”
Other activities include Agew na Umaaniy Pagey (Rice Farmers’ Day); Agew na Umaanid Tanaman (Corn and High Value Crops Farmers’ Day); Agew na Umaanin Bii (Women’s and Agribusiness Day), and Agew na Umaaniy Sira (Fisherfolks’ Day); Agew na Umaani Extension Officers (Agricultural Extension Workers’ Day), and Agew na Manag-ayep (Livestock Raisers’ Day). (PNA)