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The celebration which adopts the International Year of Family Farming theme “Ang Family Farming ay Buhay” aims to recognize the importance of farm families all over the country and the world who are essential in promoting sustainability in agriculture.

Speaking before the DA officials and employees, DA Undersecretary Antonio Fleta highlighted the importance of modernizing agriculture and enticing the next generations to engage in farming.

“Alam niyo po, nakakataba ng puso na makita ang mga anak ng mga magsasaka at mangigisda na sumusunod sa yapak ng kanilang mga magulang. Dapat lamang na iwaksi na ng mga Pilipino sa kanilang isipan na ang pagsasaka ay isang maliit na gawin, dahil ang kabaligtaran po nito ang katotohanan.”

He added that Filipinos must regard farming as a lucrative livelihood and essential in raising the economic status of the country.

“Marami po ang opportunities sa agriculture sector, kung magiging creative at resourceful lamang tayo, makikita natin na maaaring kumita ng malaki sa pagsasaka. Ngunit, mahalaga rin na sumabay tayo sa agos ng panahon at gawing moderno at seksi ang pagsasaka.”

He also encouraged officials and employees to carry out their roles and responsibilities well in pushing forward the country’s economy while helping farmers and fisherfolk achieve a better life.

Agriculture Segfredo Serrano explained that the International Year of Farm Family aims to focus the world’s attention to the vital contribution of farm families in the fight against hunger and poverty, and at the same time provide food security, nutrition and livelihood for the citizens.

“This global celebration will recognize the efforts of families who give importance to land and environment for a sustainable development especially in the rural areas, “added Serrano.

A photo exhibit on Farm Families put up by DA and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) was opened in time for the two celebrations. The event was also graced by DAR officials Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong and Public Affairs and Media Relations Service OIC-Director Erlinda Manluctao. (Cath Nanta, DA-AFID)

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