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Agriculture dep’t trains Guimaras farmers on veggie production

November 29, 2006

THE Department of Agriculture’s regional field unit 6 conducted a marathon training in vegetable production for farmers affected by the Petron oil spill last Aug. 11. The training covered five municipalities in Guimaras.

Training started in the municipality of Sibunag last November 21 and 22 and was attended by 50 farmer-participants.

According to Jindra Linda L. Demeterio, OIC of DA-RFU 6, the training will equip the identified beneficiaries with basic vegetable production knowledge and post-harvest handling with emphasis on container-based gardening.

“The participants will be given garden tools such as a hoe and trowel and open-pollinated variety (OPV) vegetable seeds like eggplants, sweet pepper, pole sitao and squash. Also one unit drum for rain trapping and one sack organic fertilizer will be availed by the farmer participants,” Dir. Demeterio added.

The municipality of San Lorenzo hosted the second training where some 50 farmers participated in the lecture/discussion and workshop on new technologies on vegetable production.

Nueva Valencia, which was badly affected by the country’s worst oil spill caused by the sinking of M/T Solar I, will be the third to host the training on Nov. 27 to 29, 2006. This will be conducted in two separate venues namely, Barangay Igdarapdap and Barangay Lucmayan, with 40 and 50 expected farmer participants, respectively.

The fourth and fifth trainings will be held at the municipalities of Jordan and Buenavista on Dec. 5 and 6, and Dec. 7 and 8, respectively. Some 60 farmers are also expected to attend the training.

The DA-RFU 6 allotted P10,000 for every municipality for the conduct of this training for the farmers who requested for the vegetable seeds.

Nelly Felarca and Felecitas Neturada, who are in-charge of vegetable production at Western Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center (WESVIARC), were the resource persons for the training, together with technicians from provincial and municipal units.

Felarca said the training focused on producing organic or chemical-free vegetables in the households. This can be an alternative livelihood for the farmers who requested for specific vegetable seeds from the DA.

Topics discussed were agro-ecosystem analysis, an overview of vegetables industry, crops management, crops protection, container vegetable production and post-harvest handling. (The News Today, Nov. 29, 2006)

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