A tribute to the tireless toil, unyielding resilience, and unwavering commitment of our invaluable agricultural community, the Batac Farmers’ Festival 2023 officially commences today, May 1. A vibrant array of engaging activities has been lined up for everyone to take part with.

The celebrations began with a motorcade traversing the city, followed by a thanksgiving mass held at the Immaculate Conception Parish. The formal opening of the festival, along with the launch of the Farmers’ Fair and Exhibit, was carried out at the Imelda Cultural Center.

Dr. Santiago R. Obien, a proud Batacqueño and significant figure in the agricultural sector, graced the event as the keynote speaker. He currently serves as a consultant and senior technical adviser for the National Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture.

In his message, Dr. Obien underscored that Batac farmers are in a better position than many other farmers elsewhere in the country. He then gave a challenge for Batac’s farmers, urging them to step up their contributions to the province’s, and indeed the nation’s, food supply, reminding them that the greatest achievements are yet to come.

Mayor Albert D. Chua pledged his unwavering support to the city’s agricultural initiatives, reaffirming his commitment to help our farmers excel beyond excellence.

The Farmers’ Festival 2023 is set to run from May 1 to 5, promising a jubilant celebration of agriculture and community.