Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. assured full support to the cacao farmers in the province amid renewed interest in the development of the cacao industry. Defensor made the assurance during the opening of the two-day CacaoLink-Visayas organized by the Philippine Cacao Industry Council in cooperation with the Region VI Cacao Industry Council and in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DTI) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. hailed the farmers for being the backbone of the economy of the province and the country as a whole. Defensor made the statement during the 11th Provincial Farmers Congress held in Cabatuan, Iloilo on Thursday, March 10, 2016, where around 2,500 farmers were in attendance.
ILOILO – One thousand sacks of certified rice seeds will be distributed to farmers here before the first planting season this year. The release will continue after Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. approved the purchase of P1.36-million certified rice seeds from Western Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center in Brgy. Hamungaya, Jaro, Iloilo City. The governor also agreed to purchase 20 sacks of registered rice seeds worth 34,000 which will be used as community seed bank, a method used to provide seed security and conserve agro-biodiversity.