A delegation from Papua New Guinea visited our town on June 22 to learn about our agricultural practices. The visitors were led by no less than Papua New Guinea Agriculture and Livestock Minister John Simon, Coconut Industry Corp. Managing Director Alan Aku, Cocoa Board Executive Manager David Yinil, Maprik District First Secretary Otto Wangillen, Ministry of Agriculture Acting Secretary Stephen Mobi, media person Cyril Gare, and lawyer Martin Ginyaru.
The Papuans were accompanied by Sathwo Corp. President Bernilo Pacheco, Sathwo Nutrition and Production Consultant on Livestock and Poultry Glen Banogon, and Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 1 Researcher Nestor Blanco.
Municipal Administrator Atty. Raymundo B. Bautista Jr., Municipal Agriculture Office head Artemio Buezon, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Genevieve U. Benebe, and the Bayambang Poverty Reduction Action Team headed by Dr. Joel T. Cayabyab led the LGU Bayambang in welcoming the delegation.
The BPRAT organized a welcome program at the Balon Bayambang Events Center and the ensuing site visits, with assistance from the Public Order and Safety Office and Bayambang PNP. At the open forum during the program, the discussion centered on the necessity of crop insurance for additional protection for farmers in case of calamities, Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao’s farm mechanization program, support given to cooperatives through the Municipal Cooperative Development Office, and the strategies being adopted by the Mangabul Seed Growers Marketing Cooperative (MSGMC) to bring its farm products out in the market.
Engr. Bernard Bawing was also part of the welcoming party from the private sector, to represent CS First Green Agro-Industrial Development Inc. (CS1st Green AIDI), together with Marlon Nonato, representing the Rotary Club of Bayambang, and Jayson Sagum of MSGMC.
The group visited the following sites: the rice transplanting processing area in Brgy. Pangdel, the world record holder St. Vincent Ferrer Statue bamboo sculpture in Brgy. Bani, MSGMC’s seed propagation business and modern equipment in Brgy. Pantol, and CS1st Green AIDI’s bamboo factory in Brgy. Amanperez.