DA RFO 8 to conduct more FFS on Vegetable Production

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Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 Published Date

The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office Number 8 (DA RFO 8) is set to conduct more Farmer Field Schools (FFS) on Vegetable Production throughout Region 8. The season-long series of training is aimed at improving the quality of life of farmers by providing them opportunities for alternative livelihood and additional income.

Each FFS on Vegetable Production will be conducted in 16 weeks where participants of 50 to 70 farmers per class will meet for one day per week. During the FFS class the farmers will be taught the ins and outs of vegetable production through participative and discovery method of learning. The DA RFO 8 will provide facilitators who will guide the farmers in the learning activity. It will also provide for the meals of the participants as well as t-shirt to be given to graduates.

Topics to be tackled by the participants include, among others, briefing/orientation, land preparation, pest management, various cultural management practices, weeding, fertilization, etc.

Aside from providing livelihood to farmers, the FFS on Vegetable Production also aims to promote the sustainability of vegetable supplies in communities and thereby encourage consumption by the people.

So far, the DA RFO 8 has already conducted the FFS on Vegetable Production in Borongan, Can-avid and Guiuan all in Eastern Samar and in Calbayog City in the Province of Samar.

Additional classes will be conducted in the coming months in Catbalogan and Tarangnan, Samar; Palapag and San Roque, Northern Samar; Maasin and Silago, Southern Leyte; Caibiran and Naval, Biliran; and Babatngon and Albuera in Leyte. (JONA MAE R. ESTIL, Intern, ROMEO G. DELMO, Chief, RAFID)

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