A farmer-leader of the 4-H Club of Cauayan in Negros Occidental is vying for the country’s Outstanding Young Farmer/Fisherfolk of the Year Award.
Executive Director Larry Nacionales of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 6 informed Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. that Vito Binondo of the town’s Barangay Guiljungan was chosen as among the nine national finalists of the 2011 Gawad Saka, a yearly search that recognizes the hard work and laudable ventures of farmers.
“His 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,” said Nacionales.
At the Pasidungog sa Mangunguma kag Mangingisda sa Panaad in April this year, Gov. Marañon awarded Binondo as outstanding young farmer of Negros Occidental.
The 25-year old 4-H Club president 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.
Provincial 4-H Club Coordinator Ma. Elena Gumban said the six-member Gawad Saka National Technical Committee (NTC) headed by Dir. Alberto Maningding will validate the nominee’s projects at the Negros State College of Agriculture (NSCA), and will interview him personally on June 23 and 24.
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 30-hectare 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 Occidental)