National Irrigation Administration – Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (NIA-JRMP II) participated the 8th Organic AgriFair Seminar and Exhibits organized by the Department of Agriculture Region 6 (DA 6) in cooperation with Central Philippine University (CPU) and other government agencies.
The event with a theme “Ang Duta Bugay sang Dios, Aton Palanggaon: Healthy Soil Produce, Healthy Crops for Massive Food Production” happened on November 26-29, 2018. It highlighted organic and environmental-friendly farm products, projects and technologies. Moreover, the agrifair provided an avenue to showcase products of local farmers, help increase the awareness of the community on the importance of organic agriculture and foster new linkages.
Being one of the exhibitors, JRMP II displayed information materials that would enlighten the farmers and other stakeholders on the on-going development of the project as well as its benefits and objectives for the agriculture industry of Iloilo province.
The response of the visitors of JRMP II booth was overwhelming. One of CPU teaching staff expressed that her place doesn’t have the same privilege in agricultural water supply like the JRMP II covered areas. She has a farm lot in San Rafael, Iloilo which has water shortage for irrigation. Nevertheless, she said she’s happy for those farmers which will benefit from the biggest irrigation development project of Iloilo.
On the other hand, JRMP II also distributed seedlings from the nursery of the project within the NIA compound. Appreciation and interest for the seedlings from the students and teachers was evident that NIA had to add more due to increase in demand. Most of the distributed seedlings were Star Apple and Marang.
On the last day of the Agrifair, JRMP II was given a chance to talk before the students about the project. Presentation on the salient features of the project as well as its achievements and future contribution to the agriculture industry of Iloilo and the country as a whole was done by Mr. Steve E. Cordero, Watershed Management Chief B. /JP Vanessa Tse Wing