The Office of the City Agriculturist, in partnership with the Negros Island Organic Producers Association started the Enhanced Farm Field Schoolcatering to around 22 rice farmers in Central Negros last week in Barangay Dulao, Bago City, Negros Occidental.
This is a 20-week hands-on training program for rice farmers that will introduce to them new technologies in farming, as well as in organic rice farming in the 1,000-square meter demonstration farm in Purok Soledad in Dulao, Negros Island Organic Producers Association Officer Jerry Dionson said yesterday.
“The program has been implemented a long time ago but the difference this year is the introduction of organic systems for rice farming,” Dionson said.
He also said the training will include different trainings on nutrient management, weeding, water and irrigation management, organic systems and others,covering the cropping process from land preparation to harvesting every once a week.
Dionson, who is also Bago's Local Farm Technician added that there will be four weeks set for climate change mitigation training, and introducing enhanced mechanical and manual labor for the farmers to make them readyfor the start of the cropping season this month.
City Agriculturist Carlito Indencia said the farm school also includes farm planning activities to identify calamities that usually hit farmer's rice fieldthrough gathering information on what these mishapsareand where they usually happen.
“We are pushing for the farmers go organic this encourage them to avoid using products that contain harmful chemicals in their agricultural activities,and give healthy options for the consumers,” Indencia said.
Dionson said this is like a practicum for the rice farmers as they will learn new things in rice production, and apply them to their farms. *MLG
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