The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) conducted two batches of farmers field training on high value vegetables using the Natural Farming Systems Technology Project in Brgy. Punta, Looc last May 25-27 and May 28-30 in Brgy. Balogo, Calatrava, Romblon.
The fundamentals of natural farming system for sustainable agriculture and the pre-establishment activities were the main focus of the training. Each participant was trained to prepare his/her own organic fertilizer such as fish amino acid (FAA), fermented plant extract, using EM Activated Solutions (EMAS) to be applied in his/her own vegetable areas.
PARPO II Camilo Claro Pacquing stressed the importance of cooperation of every participant and must take advantage of the opportunity because only the province of Romblon in the entire region is the recipient of high value vegetable production training with East West Seed Company.
“Let’s make the most out of it and apply what we’ve learned,” he said.
Dr. Roberto Acosta, the technology transfer manager of East West Seed Company emphasized the difference of organic farming from conventional farming.
“It is important to apply natural fertilizers such as manure or compost to feed soil and plants,” he added.
The project is a public-private partnership undertaking of the East West Seed Philippines and the Agricultural Enterprise Development (AED) Component of the Asian Development Bank-assisted Agrarian Reform Communities Development Project - Phase (DAR-ADB ARCP 2). (Gefelyn Articona)