Paraguya from Impasugong, Bukidnon bags national award from DA’s YFC program.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Leon Vincent O. Paraguya, owner of Waggling Cattle Enterprise receives P300K cash grant after being declared as one of the national awardees under the Young Farmers Challenge (YFC) Start-Up component 2023 of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

During the national awarding ceremony, held at the DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute in the Science City of Muñoz recently, DA Undersecretary for High Value Crops Cheryl Marie Natividad-Caballero delivered the message of Agriculture Secretary Francisco P. Tiu Laurel, Jr.

“This event marks a significant moment for our agriculture community, working in agriculture is not easy yet the dedication has been instrumental in achieving the objectives and the essential needs of farmers and fisherfolk.

Today’s agricultural society has unveiled the positive outcomes and benefits brought forth by our new generation. To this batch of YFC awardees, establishing a business is one of the hardest things to do. Yet, you remain patient and tenacious throughout your journey in generating new products, services, production processes, and organizational methods for the development of your endeavors.” the agri chief conveyed.

For her part, Senator Imee Marcos said that she hopes that the YFC challenge will continue to thrive and prosper, expecting constant dealings, help, and affirmation that the Filipino farmer can afford to feed his or her fellow Filipinos as well.

“Ang mga batang magsasaka ang siya’ng good news ng agriculture. Mayroon pa rin mga kabataan na ninanais na manatiling mambubukid, mangingisda, processor at iba pang negosyante hinggil sa ating agrikultura,” the official added.

The YFC encourages young people to get involved in agriculture, agribusiness, and agri-entrepreneurship as agents and partners for sustainable development, and empowers young farmers and fisherfolk to be active partners in food security and agricultural development and modernization.# (MPMT/Photo credits: DA-AFID)