DA-10 caps off its HVC week celebration thru a series of activities, which includes Mushroom Production and Processing, and Hydroponics demos, Seed and Seedling Identification contest, and turnover of agri interventions to coffee and cacao farmers.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As the culmination of the High-Value Crops (HVC) Week celebration, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through its High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) conducted a series of activities on April 11-12, 2022, here at the agency compound.

Bearing this year’s theme, “Farm Diversification with HVC: Key to Recovery and Sustained Growth”, DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said, the observance of the HVC week underscores the promotion of the HVC program and its potential impact on food security and stability.

Among the festivity highlights are the Mushroom Production and Processing, and Hydroponics demonstrations, Seed and Seedling Identification contest, and turnover of agricultural interventions to coffee and cacao farmers.

Presenter, young farmer-entrepreneur and co-owner of Mushroom City (MC), Numeriano O. Quemado III of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon shared, “We are grateful to DA for trusting and giving us the opportunity to showcase our product. We hope to spark interest in agripreneurship and encourage my fellow young farmers to engage in sustainable and urban farming.”

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga conveyed, that farming innovations will harness the potential and talents of the smallholder farmers in improving agricultural productivity and competitiveness.

On the other hand, seeds and seedling identification contests were participated by the agency’s Field Operations, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Administrative and Finance, Regional Agricultural Engineering, Integrated Laboratories, Agribusiness, and Marketing Assistance, Regulatory and Research divisions, and the Office of the Regional Director.

Cacao and coffee farmers also showcased their locally produced coffee and chocolate drinks and featured the preparation process of tablea.

Overall, the HVC week lauded the contribution of HVC farmers in boosting food production, while at the same time, promoting the production, processing, consumption, and marketing of high-value crops. # (RDMElloren)