Army facilitates organic farming seminars for Ilocos farmers

STA. CRUZ, llocos Sur, May 29 (PIA) — Members of the army’s 81st Infantry Battalion (IB) facilitated the conduct of organic farming seminars in the different communities in Ilocos Sur to help the farmers reduce the cost of farming with higher crop productivity.

Lieutenant Colonel Charles DZ Castillo, commander of the army’s 81st IB,  initiated the conduct of organic farming seminars in the communities in the province considering the finding of his Community Support  Program (CSP) team that one of the main concerns of the farmers was the high price of farming inputs.

“Through this organic farming seminars, we will help the farmers to produce free and environment-friendly organic fertilizers out from the available natural resources in their community,” said Castillo.

“Since, we are not subject matter experts on agricultural technologies, we tapped the expertise of the agricultural technicians from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) in Ilocos Sur and the office of the municipal agriculturist,” he said.

Castillo said that upon the intervention of the CSP team, the joint agriculture technologists from the OPAG-Ilocos Sur and the municipal agriculture office in Salcedo, Ilocos Sur headed by Remedios Enovejas have successfully conducted an Organic Fertilizer and Pesticide Production training in San Tiburcio, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur on April 23, 2019. At least 50 farmers, who were members of the Sinabaan Farmers Association of San Tiburcio village, have participated the training.

“Our  CSP team was deployed in San Tiburcio village on December 5, 2018 whose prime purpose was to help the civilians with their concerns. The CSP members conducted a survey to determine the issues in the barangay in which one of those identified was the high prices of agricultural farm inputs,” he said.        

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During the seminar on organic production of fertilizers and pesticide, he said the farmers were also enlightened on the significance and good benefits of organic fertilizer wherein the technicians emphasized that the technology will not only lessen the cost of farming but also evade the farmlands from possible destruction caused by the excessive use of inorganic or synthetic fertilizers.

“We also set to replicate the facilitation of the agriculture technology seminar in other communities in Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to the farmers in San Tiburcio village for accepting their assistance, and to the Department of Agriculture, the OPAG and the municipal agriculturist for their cooperation leading to the success of the training.

As part of the CSP project in San Tiburcio village, he said that a multi-stakeholders forum is set on June 7, 2019 to be participated in by the residents and local officials with the presence of the representatives from the PIA, DA, National Tobacco Administration (NTA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), PNP, DTI, DOLE, and DAR.

“We conducted this CSP, and the multi-stakeholders forum with the local folks in Ilocos Sur and the representatives of various government agencies as our commitment to the rules and provisions of the EO 70 issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on December 4, 2018 mandating the convergence of all government agencies to render the necessary support to the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict,” said Castillo. (JNPD/FGL,PIA1)

Source: PIA Feed