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Gawad Saka to Evaluate Young Farmer for National Award

The Gawad Saka National Technical Committee will be coming to Negros Occidental this week to validate the projects of a young farmer-leader vying as the country’s Outstanding Young Farmer/Fisherfolk of the Year.

Twenty-five year old Vito Binondo of Barangay Guiljungan, Cauayan will be evaluated by the six-member committee headed by Dir. Alberto Maningding when they visit his 30-hectare integrated farm at the Negros State College of Agriculture (NSCA), said Provincial 4-H Club Coordinator Ma. Elena Gumban.

She added that Cauayan’s 4-H Club President is among the nine national finalists of the 2011 Gawad Saka, a yearly search that recognizes the hard work and laudable ventures of farmers.

Gawad Saka to Evaluate Young Farmer for National Award

GAWAD SAKA FINALIST. 4-H Club President Vito Binondo (left) of Cauayan is being honored by Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. as the province’s Outstanding Young Farmer. Looking on is Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez, Jr. (OPA photo)

Executive Director Larry Nacionales of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 6 informed Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. that Binondo’s trainings both here and abroad were big factors in helping him utilize his knowledge in agriculture, thus, expanding his projects into a more productive and renowned project site.

At the Pasidungog sa Mangunguma kag Mangingisda sa Panaad in April this year, Gov. Marañon awarded Binondo as outstanding young farmer of Negros Occidental. He also won first place in the organic fertilizer-making contest at the event.

Early this year, he emerged second place in the same contest at the Regional Achievement and Recognition Day of the Western Visayas 4-H Club Youth Development Program.

Binondo comes from a less-privileged farming family and is the eldest of seven children. He grows palay, corn, vegetables and flowers while he raises goat, swine and poultry. He has a mini-forest, nursery of forest and fruit trees, forage grassland, fish pond, and vermicomposting area in his farm.

NSCA-Cauayan Chair for Instruction Germa Borres said Binondo was a student volunteer farm worker and a “jack-of-all-trades” as he was active in numerous agriculture-related activities. After he earned a Diploma in Agricultural Technology, he ventured in income-generating projects to help his family. In April 2011, he completed his degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture specializing in Animal Science.

For Binondo, his greatest achievement is being a participant of the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council’s Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in 2007-2008 where he acquired skills in swine breeding and fattening.

At present, he is the vice president and director of the 4-H Club Provincial and Regional Federations, respectively. (vishia tolcidas/FITS-OPA-Negros Occ)