Leyte farmers finish High Value Vegetable Production Broadcast Course

Created on Monday, 14 October 2019 Published Date

A total of 252 farmers from the different municipalities in the Province of Leyte graduated from the broadcast course, University-On-The-Air on High Value Vegetable Production last Tuesday, October 8, at the Leyte Academic Center, Palo, Leyte.

The broadcast course aired over DYVL Aksyon Radyo from July - September, aimed to orient and capacitate farmers on recommended technologies, as well as quality standards in vegetable production. Key officials present during the culminating exercises were DA-8 ARD for Research and Regulations, Elvira C. Torres; Gov. Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla and OIC Provincial Agriculturist, Mr. Luis B. Fernandez.

Gov. Petilla expressed his delight at the farmers' willingness to further learn quality vegetable production. “I am very pleased that the Department of Agriculture Region 8 is there to help our farmers and teach them on the production of our agricultural products,” Governor Petilla said.

He also stressed that farmers should not just settle themselves in farming but should become ‘agripreneurs’ by adopting a business-minded approach towards farming to earn more income and have a better quality of life.

ARD Torres also gave her message to the farmers during the culminating activity emphasizing market-driven approach in farming. She stressed the importance of market-availability for agricultural products and the government’s role in supporting the creation of these markets as she highlighted the advocacy of the new DA Secretary William Dar, ‘Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita’.

Ms Vilma Agujero, from Palo, Leyte, emerged as the top student of the broadcast course. In her speech she expressed her delight as a student of the UOA, acknowledging the DA’s sincere efforts in developing a program which helps farmers acquire better knowledge in farming, especially vegetable production. She also expressed her gratitude for the seeds and planting materials given to them as token for finishing the course with flying colors.

Mr. Algerico Sales, a farmer-graduate, also shared his personal impression of the broadcast course. The farmer from Tanauan, Leyte said that UOA is very helpful because not all farmers are knowledgeable enough in planting high value crops and not all are able to join seminars and workshops.

The UOA, a distant-learning medium, provides an avenue for farmers from far-flung areas to acquire inputs on current farming technologies through radio. Through on-air learning, farmers are able to enjoy the benefits of learning from seminars at the comfort of their homes and farms.  (FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, RAFIS Chief)


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