Davao City - DA-RFO 4B Staff, together with selected organic farmers and practitioners (inset), posed for a souvenir photo during the 11th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC) held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang, Davao City on November 11-13, 2014.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala graced the occasion and led the ribbon cutting ceremony together with Senator Cynthia Villar who was the guest speaker. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte warmly welcomes the delegates.
Around 1,600 participants, mostly farmers and organic enthusiasts, from all over the country attended the gathering. There was also product exhibits showcasing organic goods from all the regions in Mindanao. Likewise, products from private agricultural companies were also made available to farmers who desired to buy the products. Furthermore, various lectures on organic related areas were conducted wherein participants had options to choose on the topics that are appropriate to the purposes and needs in their locality.
The highlight of the congress was the presentation of awards to the outstanding organic farmers who had showed exemplary performance in the field of organic agriculture.