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Week dedicated to appreciate island farmers

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Before dozens of farmers, Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio proclaimed May 4 through May 10 as Farmers Appreciation Week. The week is aimed at celebrating and recognizing farmers who contribute to our economy, give us delicious local products and perpetuate a cultural practice that has been around for thousands of years.

Department of Agriculture director Tita Taitague said, "Guam Farmers are hard working people and I can attest to that as I've been a farmer for the last 40 years you take pride in it, there's a reward that comes with and that's why I love to be out there to feel the soil, so I can produce fresh fruits and vegetable and to be able to sell to the community."

The Governor's Office notes that the Department of Public Health's Women, Infants and Children program has partnered with 17 of the island's farmers who were trained as WIC vendors. Close to $100,000 was earmarked for farmers during the harvest period between April and September.
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