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Talavera NE holds farmers festival
By Armand M. Galang

May 10, 2018

TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija - Farmers in this fi rstclass municipality were honored in a week-long festivity that formally kicked off through a string of activities, including the slicing of a giant “kesong puti” (white cheese) Wednesday.

Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez, said the Linggo ng Magsasaka which is celebrated in time for the feast of town’s patron saint, San Isidro Labrador, and the 12th Gatas ng Kalabaw Festival, is in recognition of farmers and agricultural workers who never blinked in producing food for the people.

Carrying the theme “Masaganang buhay ng magaasaka sa maunlad na bayan ng Talavera,” the festivity started with a Mass that was followed with a colorful street dancing exhibitions rendered by five public schools namely Talavera National High School, Bulac National High School, San Ricardo National High School, Tabacao National High School and Sibul National High School.

Several national agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), Department of Agriculture (DA), TESDA, as well as the provincial government of Nueva Ecija joined the opening of the agri-trade fair.

Martinez, Vice Mayor Anselmo Rodiel III and other officials partook of the giant white cheese as part of the 12th Gatas ng Kalabaw Festival. Made of 400 kgs in raw carabao milk, the rectangular cheese weighed 300 kgs, with a length of 180 cm, width of 112 cm and thickness of four cm.

Arnel del Barrio, PCC executive director, said the successful activities were a celebration of partnership, collaboration and unity among agencies.

He echoed Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol’s declared objectives of the department to produce available and affordable food; in the process of making food, make sure farmers earn and their income increased; and adopt to changing climate.

Brigida Pili, DTI provincial director, underscored the assistance being extended by the agency to small entrepreneurs.

These include training to make local products best from taste to packaging. The DTI has also been giving machineries under its shared service facilities program.

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