Gov’t gives awards to top rice producing provinces and farmers
The Department of Agriculture (DA) successfully held the Rice Achievers Awards (RAA) yesterday which is a cordial, incentive-based competition launched as part of a grander strategy for the Philippines to achieve self-sufficiency in rice.
The competition seeks to acquire the full cooperation and support of the local government, organized groups of farmers and irrigators, and extension workers, and enable them to take action in all activities involved in food production.
Since its launch in 2011, RAA continues to recognize and confer awards to local government units, farmers’ associations, and agricultural extension workers for their effective execution of plans of actions aimed at ensuring sufficiency and sustainability in the country’s major staple and securing national food production.
This year, DA awarded seven outstanding provinces, 15 cities and municipalities, three small water irrigation systems associations and eight irrigators’ association for their exemplary contribution in rice production.
Special citations were also be given to other top performing government units, farmers’ organizations, and irrigators’ associations.
A total of P55.2 million, as well as trophies and certificates of recognition was awarded during the ceremony that was held at the Philippine International Convention Center.