NIA R01 sponsored the first Pangasinan IA Congress in celebration of the 2nd Umaani Expo, a brainchild project of Governor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino, III in support to the agro-industrial development thrust of the provincial administration. The 9-day long event started on March 15 at the Provincial Nursery here. Governor Espino led provincial officials, along with the executives and representatives from member agencies and various organizations of the Umaani Expo executive committee duringthe opening program which was graced by Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Chairperson of the Committee on Agricultural and Food who was the honored guest and speaker. Various activities during the NIA-sponsored Agew na Umaaniy Pagey (Rice farmers’ day) was capped by series of talks featuring spokespersons from the Department of Agriculture, PhilRice, LandBank, Philiippine Center for Development of Post Harvest and Mechanization (PhilMec), Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Office of the Provincial Agriculture and the National Irrigation Administration with its Regional Manager Vicente R. Vicmudo as Keynote Speaker. In his speech, Vicmudo underscored that the Umaani Pagey forum is in line with the agency’s “farmers-first policy”.