TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – Farmers in the Cagayan Valley region were trained on Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) and food safety to ensure the production of the safe and quality food and non-food agricultural products in the region.

Remedios dela Rosa, the regional coordinator of organic agriculture program of the Department of Agriculture- Regional Field Office 2 said that the latest batch of GAP and food safety trainees were the farmers, who are members of the  six  associations of vegetable farmers in Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya.

“The DA-RFO2 though the Integrated Laboratory Division, Regulatory and Organic Agriculture Program conducted a four-day training on GAP and On-Site Residue Analysis Using Colorometric Rapid Test Kit in Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya on October 5-8, 2020,” said dela Rosa.

“Through this training, we will educate the vegetable farmers on holistic food production processes to ensure the production of safe and quality food and non-food agricultural products,” she added.

Dupax del Norte town Mayor Timothy Cayton expressed his appreciation to the DA for initiating the training.
“We will fully support the implementation of this program that will protect not only our producers but our consumers and the general public,” Cayton said.

Cayton vowed to talk to the municipal council for the allocation of funds next year to widen and strengthen the implementation of the Food Safety Act.

Dupax del Norte is the first local government unit (LGU) in Nueva Vizcaya to embrace measures that will ensure food safety for their constituents.

For Region 2, Santiago City was the first-ever LGU that implemented the said act while Tuguegarao City, Solana, and Penablanca in Cagayan and Aurora and Roxas in Isabela already conducted the needed trainings.

Meanwhile, DA-RFO2 shall also recognize farmer groups and LGUs that are already compliant on pesticide safe vegetable on October 14 and 15, 2020.