66 farmers graduate FFS-IPM on corn production

AT least 66 farmers from two remote barangays of Bagumbayan town in Sultan Kudarat were confirmed graduates of Farmers Field School-Integrated Pest Management (FFS-IPM) on corn production by the Department of Agriculture (DA) 12.

Finishing the season-long FFS-IPM on plant breeding for corn, these farmers came from the Barangays of Monteverde and Daluga of the said town.

According to Mr. Jonathan Falco, training facilitator, these farmers have accomplished trainings in plant breeding on corn inculcating to them the different techniques in selecting the best variety with desirable characteristics.

Ms. Dina Casa, Agriculturist II of the Regional Crop Protection Center led the graduation ceremonies in collaboration with the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist of Bagumbayan.

Casa, in her speech, encouraged the farmers to apply their learning at their respective area for them to increase their production.

She also announced that Bagumbayan town has five (5) local farmer-technicians who can help the agriculturist’s office in doing its duty in introducing to the farmers the best farming practices.

She even said that these newly confirmed graduates are now eligible to undergo training for ‘Bantay Peste’ Brigade, which is tasked to regularly hold monitoring of pests.

Addressing the newly confirmed farmer-graduates, Mr. Bernardo Fermocil, Municipal Agriculturist said, all of you were very fortunate to be included in this FFS because not everyone is given this opportunity.

Further, Fermocil challenged them to share their learning gained from the season-long training to their fellow farmers. “More importantly, you have to apply the best farming practices taught to you by the facilitators,” he added.

Ms. Feliza Alquiza, one of the farmer-graduates from Brgy. Monteverde said, “excellent ang rating namin sa mga facilitator. Salamat po sa ibinigay ninyong training dahil marami kaming natutunan.”

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