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Sarangani ARBs complete farmer field school

piaGENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 18 (PIA)---At least 120 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in the municipalities of Maasim and Malungon, Sarangani underwent a season-long Farmer Field School (FFS).  

FFS, one of the support services strategies of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), trains farmers on various farm production methods.  
The farmers were taught on IPM - Vegetable Production and IPM - Corn Production.  Both courses provided substantial lecture-discussion and practicum packed with subsidized inputs. 

Specifically, it is geared to help farmers understand the relationship of crop with soil nutrients and its interaction with pest and natural enemies, DAR-Sarangani noted.

After the training, the farmers received Certificates of Course Completion on Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Among the successful ARBs that completed the course were members of Agrarian Reform Organizations (ARBOs) of the municipality of Maasim, namely the Kablacan Upland Farmers Association (KUFA) of Sitio Lebe, Kablacan and Blat Farmers Association (BFA) of Sitio Blat, Amsipit; and Datal Bila People’s Organization (DABIPO) of the municipality of Malungon.  

“The FFS as a convergence approach of the DAR and the Department of Agriculture has been an effective vehicle for technology promotion and extension. The season long course intends to enable the farmers to become IPM advocates in their own areas,” said Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I Maristela Olegario. 

John Gamad, chief, Program Beneficiaries Development Division of DAR, expressed confidence that the training will not only enhance knowledge of farmers but also hone their skills toward “better farm productivity and profitability” increasing income.

“With their knowledge, the farmers would be able to manage pest and disease in their farms without the usual application of expensive chemicals, thus reducing farm inputs and increasing profitability,” Gamad said.

At a commencement program, Camilo Montefalcon, Provincial Integrated Pest Management coordinator encouraged the graduates to use their knowledge in order to change lives.  

He added that by applying their knowledge and skills, they are protecting their lives, their produce and their environment. 
Meanwhile, Sara Dianon Nonggod, a recent FFS graduate and awarded “Best in Moving Exam” shared her experience saying that before FFS was conducted in their barangay, they encountered several cropping failure due to lack of knowledge on farming.  

But with the systematic techniques and procedures on farming taught in FFS, they know better now how to boost their crops’ productivity and increase their income.  (AR Torino, DAR Sarangani/CT Apelacio, PIA-12 General Santos City)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1671458289313/sarangani-arbs-complete-farmer-field-school

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