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The Gawad Saka Regional Technical Committees (RTCs) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) CALABARZON formally started recently field validation of entries of different provinces for the 2018 – 2019 Regional Gawad Saka Search.

RTC on Outstanding Corn Farmer category, spearheaded by its Chairperson and Regional Corn Program Coordinator Avelita M. Rosales, conducted their validation last April 24 – 26, 2019 in the provinces of Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, respectively.

Ms. Rosales said that the validation is usually done to assess and verify the information provided in the scrapbooks submitted by the provincial agriculture offices and to be able to get stories from the hard work and determination of the farmers.

Also, on the same schedule, RTC on Livestock, headed by the Committee Chairperson and Regional Livestock Program Coordinator Vilma M. Dimaculangan, validated the farmer-nominees in the provinces of Batangas and Quezon.

Gawad Saka is an annual search for outstanding achievers in the field of agriculture and fisheries in which DA recognizes the contribution of the agricultural sector in the country’s economic performance. • JBGA