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Amlan farmers finish organic vegetables training

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Amlan farmers finish organic vegetables training

Famer-participants of the organic vegetables training receive their certificates from the provincial and municipal agricultural officials during their graduation ceremony. (Contributed photo)

NEGROS ORIENTAL, Jan. 5 (PIA) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has pushed for organic farming on vegetables for the 29 farmers in Amlan town.

The farmers earlier graduated from the season-long training through the Farmers Field School (FFS) on organic vegetables.

Vegetable production is becoming popular because of its wide adaptability and its uses.

It provides an immediate source of income among families from rural areas.

However, today’s trend showed that consumers are becoming health conscious, which also gave rise to its high demand in the market.

Jovencio Felisilda, municipal agriculture officer (MAO) of Amlan, confirmed that the farmers completed the 16 weeks or four-month training on organic vegetable production funded under the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).

“During the training, there are challenges encountered especially with this current health crisis, but we have successfully conducted our FFS with the strong cooperation of our farmers,” Felisilda said. 

On the other hand, Provincial Agricultural Program Coordinating Officer Sarah Perocho of DA said the farmers are resilient despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

She added that the farmers endure the risk just to produce food.

Maricel Sibayan, one of the farmer graduates, expressed her gratitude to the agriculture department for the training.

Maayo kaayo ni nga training nga amo naangkon. Ako jud ning i-share sa tibuok nakong pamilya ug mga silingan kay daku kaayo ikatabang sa among panginabuhian (This training is really beneficial to us. I will share my learnings with my family and my neighbors as this is very useful in our livelihood),” Sibayan said.

She said by adopting the organic way of farming vegetables, healthy and safe foods for families are assured.

The FFS graduation was attended by Brgy. Bio-os Barangay Chairperson Emelyn Rosales and personnel of the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) and DA-7 Provincial Agriculture Technology Coordinating Office. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)