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Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month Opening Program (May 10, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 10 May 2021

Recognizing the efforts and sacrifices of the Filipino farmers and fishers in ensuring food security and sustainability, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar commended the true heroes of the country in feeding the whole nation and leading progress.  

The Farmers and Fisherfolk’s Month was first celebrated in May 1989 , through Presidential Proclamation No. 33, which aims to give tribute and recognition to the outstanding contributions of agricultural laborers to the development of the local agriculture sector. 

This year, Dar noted that the celebration differs as the country continues its battle with the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic and African Swine Fever (ASF). 

Despite all of these, the Secretary assures that the DA will continue to make farming and fishing more profitable, productive, sustainable and competitive so that it can withstand future challenges. 

He also highlighted the aggressive efforts and strategies, under the “OneDA” approach, which includes farm consolidation, establishment of agri-industrial business corridors, infrastructure development, post-harvest and processing, logistics and marketing development, deployment of more e-Kadiwa’s, improvement of its digital agriculture strategies and climate change adaptation measures, and streamlining services to ensure ease in doing business. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)