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Albay province hosts three-day National Vegetable Congress

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The Province of Albay has hosted the three day 18th National Vegetable Congress.

The opening was held yesterday spearheaded by Governor Al Francis C. Bichara, together with the Albay Provincial Agricultural Office (APAO), Albay Agriculture Cooperative and Department of Agriculture (DA) V.

The activity carries the theme, “Ensuring Food Security Amidst Climate Change Adversities.”

According to the province, the activity “aims to build a platform for strengthened agricultural strategies and management which will serve as an effective way to enable vegetable stakeholders and local agriculturists to uphold quality standards in vegetable industry amidst climate change.”

Senator Cynthia A. Villar served as the guest of honor during the opening ceremony.

She highlighted on her speech that agriculture must be a priority since two-thirds of the country’s population is directly involved in the agriculture. 5

“We need to focus on making sure that we will have a steady and sustainable supply of food for generations to come. We must also not neglect the challenges that get in the way our food security,” she said.

The newly appointed DA Secretary William Dar was also in attendance yesterday.

“Masaganang ani at mataas na kita. Hindi lang ani, pati na rin ang value change system will be highly improved,” said the secretary.

Bichara, on the otherhand, encouraged Albay youth to go intro agriculture.

“The government is making more agricultural facilities to attract these young people, young entrepreneurs,” he said.

The national congress focuses on topics about Recommended Climate Change Adaptation and Best Practices, Seed Quality Management, Innovations on Vegetable Production and presentation of Market Status and Opportunities. Exhibits displayed inside Albay Astrodome showcases the products, vegetables and seeds of some seed companies, agricultural organizations, municipalities in Albay.