Negrense agripreneur shortlisted as Noab representative

Erwin P. Nicavera

AN AGRIPRENEUR from Negros Occidental was shortlisted as one of the non-government representatives in the National Organic Agriculture Board (Noab), a body that works on the implementation of initiatives for the development of the country’s organic agriculture industry.

Agriculture Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, in a memorandum, informed Department of Agriculture-Negros Island Region (DA-NIR) Regional Director Joyce Wendam that Pamela Henares was nominated as a member of the Board, representing the private sector, particularly agribusiness.

Puyat, who heads the Noab, said the selection of new representatives is in line with the Board’s initiative to ensure the successful implementation of the National Organic Agriculture Program.

“It is also aimed at ensuring the continuity of service of the Noab non-government members for fiscal year 2017 to 2020,” she added.

As part of the selection process, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards, serving as the Board’s technical and administrative secretariat, along with the National Technical Search Committee and Evaluation Panel, will conduct a series of island-wide consultation workshops.

For Visayas and Mindanao cluster, it will be conducted at the Apo View Hotel in Davao City on June 21 to 22 this year.

Henares is a certified organic practitioner-producer from Barangay Concepcion in Talisay City. She was chosen as finalist through the nomination made by the DA-NIR and endorsement of the Provincial Government.

Corazon Galon, provincial organic agriculture focal person of Negros Occidental, said Henares will present her vermin fertilizer business during the consultation.

During the panel interview, she will be asked about her qualifications and plans for organic agricultural development that could help small farmers in Negros, Galon said.

Having a representative in the Noab would be a big boost to the province and region’s organic agriculture sector, she said.

“Through our representation, we can be able to echo the concerns of local farmers and producers as well as lobby our plans and programs to the National Government,” Galon added.