Office of the Provincial Agriculturist-Field Agriculture Extension Services
February 17, 2017
Implementation of organic agriculture has been strengthened and intensified by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist-Field Agriculture Extension Services (OPAg-FAES) headed by Mr. Marlon P. Tobias through the conduct of Farmers’ Field School (FFS) on vegetable production. This activity intends to equip farmer/participant about organic farming technologies, practices, cultural management including organic farm inputs production on vegetable.
In collaboration with the Municipal Agriculturist Office of Sta. Cruz, FAES launched the Farmers’ Field School-Organic Agriculture on Vegetables Production on January 24, 2017 at Canoy’s Farm, Brgy. Santisima Cruz, Sta. Cruz, Laguna participated in by 25 vegetable growers.
Topics on Introduction to Organic Agriculture, Land Preparation, Seeds& Seedlings were discussed by facilitators Femina Lea Martinez and Frenedela Cruzduring the training proper.
On 01 February 2017, the second FFSwas held at Rene Capio’s Farm, SitioBuo, San Antonio, Kalayaan. It was a well-attended affair where MLGU officials, MA staff, Kalayaan Organic Practitioners Association (KOPA) members, CACAO farmers, Buo Farmers Association members, 4Ps and OPAg personnel witnessed the said undertaking. Inspite of heavy rains that morning, thirty nine (39) interested farmers expressed their desire to engage in organic farming.
Sixteen (16) weeks on field schooling will focus on two (2) crops; silingpanigang and kalayaan beans. Facilitators for this Farmers’ Field School are Ernie Jara and EldieNolasco both Aquaculturist from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
The third FFS, this time on Sustainable Rice Production was launched on February 10, 2017 inBrgy. Pook, Pila, Laguna. It was attended by 30 rice farmers from the said brgy. Also present in the launching were Ms. Delia Cabutihan of DA-Region IV-A, Marlon Tobias-Provincial Agriculturist, Jasmin Bondad-Municipal Agriculturist, Edgardo Ramos, Municipal Mayor. FFS on Rice Production is a 16-week training, employing experiential learning activities. The said training will end on May 2017.