Miag-ao, Iloilo celebrates fourth ‘harvest festival’
The town of Miag-ao in Iloilo honoured its farmers and fisher folk this week in a celebration that started on Monday, May 16.
Some 300 farmers, fisherfolk, and livestock raisers joined the celebrations that is now on its fourth year, the agriculture department said.
The department, however, did not provide the name for the festival.
Miag-ao Mayor Macario N. Napulan urged members of the Miag-ao Federated Farmers Association to strengthen their partnership with the local government to increase the sales of their harvests.
“With this we can address the concern on marketing which becomes a regular clamor during harvest time,” he explained.
Napulan urged farmers to embrace new technologies such as the use of drought tolerant varieties during El Nino and others that will help them mitigate the effects of climate change as weather forecasters have now warned of La Nina.
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation’s chief of marketing and sales Clarence Jereza was also present during the opening of the festivities.
Jereza turned over checks to farmers affected by El Nino, representing claims against their crop insurance.
Today, Miag-ao had a tree planting activity in Barangay Kirayan Sur.
Tomorrow there will be a search for Agri-Ginang San Banwa.
The culminating activity is scheduled for May 20.