64 farmers finish FFS-IPM on palay check, organic veggie prod’n

AFTER undergoing a season-long training on Farmers’ Field School-Integrated Pest Management (FFS-IPM), two different groups of farmers from Banga town in South Cotabato recently received their certificates of training.

Completing the FFS-IPM were atleast 64 farmers from the barangays of Malaya and Lower Liwanay where 30 of them completed FFS on Palay Check and 34 trainees were educated on organic vegetable production.

Graduation ceremony of the two groups was done at Tumilap Farm, Brgy. Lower Liwanay.

Soraida Bangon, Department of Agriculture 12 Regional Techno Demo Coordinator said, these newly-confirmed farmer-graduates were very responsive to various agricultural interventions that’s why the DA is continuously sponsoring trainings to equip our local farmers with the right faming technologies.

“One of these trainings is on FFS-IPM on Palay Check where rice farmers are introduced to the primary and key checks toward greater rice productivity,” Bangon explained.

Palay Check is a dynamic rice crop management system that presents the best key technology and management practices that include eight (8) key checks as follows: Seed Quality, Land Preparation, Synchronous Planting, Sufficient Number of Healthy Seedling, Nutrient Management, Water Management, Pest Management and Harvest Management.

The other group of farmers, on the other hand, underwent FFS-IPM on organic vegetable production highlighting the significant benefits of organic farming practice as key towards achieving better health.

Ms. Luz Banes, one of the farmer-graduates said, through FFS, tinuruan kami na huwag mag-spray, kung hindi naman kinakailangan para matamo natin ang healthy lifestyle.

Besides that, according to DA 12 Regional IPM Coordinator Diosdado Miro, the identification of beneficial insects (kaibigang peste) from harmful insects was taught to the farmers as one of the cultural pest management practices pushed by the agency.Some of the identified ‘kaibigang peste’ include dragonfly, lady bug, cricket, earwig and orb spider while yellow stem borer, black bug, brown planthopper and green leafhopper are harmful rice insects.

Through IPM, Mr. Miro said, farmers could gain bigger income because of lesser expenses on agricultural inputs like pesticides.

“DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan is congratulating all of you and at the same time challenging everyone to share and replicate to your respective communities the significant learning that you have earned from these trainings,” Miro said.

After the program, farmer-graduates sold their freshly-harvested vegetables like tomatoes, cauliflower and cabbage to the attendees and guests.

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