Pasil, Kalinga – Thirty members of the Pasil Consolidators and Eco-Farmers Association (PaCEFA) graduated this November 11 from the season-long Farmers Field School (FFS) on Vegetable Production Employing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
The field school is a program of Agricultural Training Institute-Cordillera held in partnership with the Municipal Agriculture Office this municipality under the leadership of Mayor Alfredo Malannag Jr.
The program is in consonance with Republic Act 10611 known as the Food Safety Act of 2013, strengthening the food safety regulatory system in the country to protect consumers’ health and facilitate market access to local food and food products.
In an interview, GAP Focal Person, Agricultural Technologist Rebecca Wanas explained that willing farmers were chosen as beneficiaries to undergo training in field school.
According to Wanas, ATI-CAR allotted a fund amounting to P100,000 for supplies needed, fertilizer concoction, and vegetable seedlings for the demonstration and production.
With enough sources, the farmer-beneficiaries started their field school with 19 sessions in a week from July to November this year at Magsilay, Pasil.
GAP Focal Person said the farmers underwent lectures on the preparation of the area, proper methods of planting, monitoring, and crop harvesting.
After discussions, farmers applied what they learned in the provided demonstration area. With supervision, they were tasked with planting “pechay,” bitter gourd, and climbing beans.
“Kasapulan a field school ta on site learning, diay maisuro dagus nga maiyaramid iti techno demo. Daytoy nga farmer's field school ket maikkan da ti gundaway nga makaadal, mai-lecture ken ma-explain amin nga topics,” Wanas related.
“Adda metten iti demonstration area or field nga idiay da metten iyaramid ti actual application. Hands on dagiay naadal da, isuda ti mang alaga kadagiay mula inggana maapit da,” added the focal person.
The skills acquired by the farmers, she said, are the basic management practices necessary during the production, harvesting, and handling of post-harvest crops that prevent and minimize risk occurrence. These promote food, health, and environmental safety as well as product quality.
The harvest of the farmers will be a contribution to their organization, the PaCEFA.
Wanas thanked the farmer-beneficiaries for their time, patience, and effort and hopes that the graduates can be able to adopt all that were taught during the season-long field school.
She likewise extended gratitude to ATI-CAR for giving the farmers an opportunity to learn and be trained.
"Mayat nu adu kuma ti maangay nga kakastoy nga programa tapnu adu pay ti matulungan nga farmers,” stated the GAP focal person.
Mayor Malannag, along with Councilor Ronnie Bawalan and other officials, congratulated the farmers as they graced their ceremonial graduation.
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