Benguet organic farmer is 2017 nat’l finalist

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet Mr. Romeo A. Kimbungan, an organic agriculture farmer from Tuba, Benguet has made it to the final selection in the search for the nation’s Gawad Saka Outstanding Organic Agriculture Farmer.

The National Technical Committee (NTC) evaluators consisting of Director Karen S. Bautista of the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), Yolanda L. Abrina of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), Fe Bien R. Garcia of Bureau of  the Animal Industry (BAI),  Regina Guia M. Cedro of the National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP), Jenny Lyn DG. Anana of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) , and Mark F. Matubang of BAFS, visited Kimbungan’s farm and processing center in Tuba and La Trinidad, Benguet last July 20-21.

According to Mr. Matubang, the purpose of the field validation is to verify whether the data he submitted during the evaluation is true and at the same time to see the potentials of his farm. With an average score of 87.17% during the pre-evaluation, he ranked 1st among the top 3 finalists.

After the field validation, all the members of the team will meet again to discuss and compute all the scores gathered during the field validation. Further, they will consolidate the results from the desk evaluation with the field evaluation then deliberate who deserves the top spot. The result is expected to be announced by September this year.

“We were able to witness the passion of Mr. Kimbungan in organic farming, his technical knowledge and his managerial skills despite how tedious organic farming is,” Ms. Abrina stated.

If ever he will bring home the bacon, Mr. Kimbungan would have the honour to be the 3rd National awardee from the municipality of Tuba. He believes in saving the farms for the next generation thus he perseveres in maintaining his farm the organic way.

Mr. Kimbungan is an awardee during the 2017 Regional Agriculture Achievers’ Awarding Ceremony last June 29, 2017 held at the Supreme Hotel, Baguio City conducted by the Department of Agriculture Cordillera.

According to Mr. Kimbungan, being recognized as a Gawad Saka achiever in agriculture by the government is a great honour. It also helps us in our quest to improve our livelihood and economic status.

By Leny Mendoza

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