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PROUD ARBS GRADUATE FROM FARMER FIELD SCHOOL

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Four months ago, the Farmer Field School (FFS) in the ARCs of May-ogob, Ocampo and Del Rosario, Pili commenced, under the leadership of then OIC-PARPO I, now OIC-PARPO II Maria Gracia Sales, where selected agrarian reform beneficiaries attended ‘once-a-week’ classes for a discovery based learning process. The participants completed weekly training sessions where a participatory approach of observing, analyzing and engaging in a hands-on-field experience to try out the new ideas they have learned, were the norm.

The objective of the non-formal education is to increase the income of farmers through creation of sustainable livelihood opportunities and to develop self-managed and dynamic farming communities. 

Last October 14 and 15, the two Farmer Field Schools have finally finished at the same time that the crops they planted were all in full bloom and ready for harvest. Twenty three females and fourteen males graduated from the Farmer Field School of ARC May-ogob, Ocampo, Camarines Sur while 16 females and 13 males from ARC Del Rosario, Pili, Camarines Sur made it to graduation.

The graduation day culminated with the harvesting of their varied produce of squash, string beans, bitter gourd and gourd. To see the reward of one’s toils evidently calls for jubilance and excitement which indeed set the mood for the day. 

Distinguished guests were invited to the graduation ceremony from the Local government unit, Department of Agriculture and Department of Agrarian Reform. Mayor Alexis San Luis of Pili, Camarines Sur was happy to share that he intends to make the town of Pili as a market hub for all organic produce of the farmers in the locality.

Valuable insights gained from the course varied from addressing the lack of knowledge in the ecological processes that operate in the agricultural production systems to developing the capability of the ARBs in better understanding agricultural problems and causes, improved varieties, better water management and enhanced plant nutrition. 

FFS no doubt has a remarkable and lasting developmental impact not only amongst participants but in the community itself which apparently prompted knowledge sharing. It also improved decision making skills of the ARBs as they were able to make management decision at every stage of the crop. Their queries were answered as the training facilitator was with them from start to finish. The different group dynamics and participatory discussion developed amongst them a sense of cooperation and coordination. 

The proud graduates were unanimous in saying that the knowledge they gained will truly help them increase their production and productivity.

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