On its third year, the ATI solely conducted the Regional Techno Gabay Summit 2013 last October 3 and 4, 2013 at the Batangas State University and Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. The activity were participated by TGP stakeholders in the Region IVA and IVB that includes the PMAs ( Cavite State University, Laguna State Polytechnic University, University of Rizal System, Southern Luzon State University, Western Philippines University, Occidental Mindoro State College and Romblon State College ) and FITS Centers in Region IVA and IVB that includes the FITS Manager, FITS TSS, FITS ISS and their Magsasaka Siyentista.
The activity starts with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the poster exhibits of the participating FITS Centers. The highlight of the summit is the awarding ceremony for the 2013 Best FITS Center and Best Magsasaka Siyentista where the FITS OPA Laguna were awarded 2013 Best FITS Center and their Magsasaka Siyentista Mr. Renato A. Belen bagged the 2013 Best MS Award. The awardees received plaque and cash prize.
Each FITS Centers also competes in the Accomplishment Poster Category where the FITS DA-PAES from Puerto Princesa, Palawan got the 1st place followed by FITS Imus, Cavite and FITS OPA-Laguna, 2nd and 3rd place respectively. They also received plaque and cash award.
The second day in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro showcased the accomplishments of each provinces for 2012-2013 as presented by their PMAs. The FITS inventory and status report, monitoring tools development and other concerns were also done during the workshops. ATI Region IVB Center Director Pat Andrew B. Barrientos warmly welcomes the particpants and gave the unforgettable experience in the sands of the white beach. ■
REGIONAL TECHNO GABAY SUMMIT 2013
Article by Mr. Ronaldo V. Maningas
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Awarded by the Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute – Region IV-A / IV-B during the Regional Information Caravan on Organic Agriculture Promotion cum Techno Gabay Summit 2013 held on October 03, 2013 at the Batangas State University Main Campus I, Rizal Avenue, Batangas City, Province of Batangas.
The Training Course on Farmer-Led Extension (FLE) was held last July 23-27, 2012 at the City of Springs Hotel in Los Banos, Laguna. The activity was participated by 18 farmer leaders and magsasaka syentistas. FLE approach aims to hasten technology transfer by harnessing the work experience and capabilities of farmers in combination with the scientific knowledge of agricultural extension workers.
Participants were given updates on the AgriPinoy Framework and Food Staples Sufficiency Roadmap as well as lectures/discussions on the FLE Approaches, Adult Learning, Facilitation Skills, Responsible Adult Communication, Presentation Skills and Visual Aid Preparation. Additional inputs on Sustainable Agriculture and Livestock Production were also provided.
On the last day, each participant were given time to use the inputs when they presented their selected topics for microteaching activity. It was an unforgettable experience for them having attended this training according to one of the participant. The activity was led by Mr. Rolando Maningas as Project Officer. ■
“Farmer-Led Extensionist on the go!”
Written by Rolando V. Maningas (07/31/2012)
Source: ATI in CALABARZON Website
The twenty one (21) MS of Region 4A and 4B were gathered together for a Regional Consultation on June 4-5, 2012 for them to be updated on the changes brought about by the weaning out of the Techno-Gabay Program from PCCARRD to ATI this year and complete turn-over of the program by 2013. They identified among themselves someone who will represent the MS of Region 4A and 4B in the National Assembly of MS in Dakak, Zamboanga del Norte. Engr. Edgardo Marino was chosen to represent Region 4a. On the 2nd day, they visited the Kahariam Farms in Lipa City owned by Mr. Ramon Bagatsing. ■
“Magsasaka Siyentista of Region 4A Face-to-Face with Region 4B”
Written by Mariel Celeste C. Dayanghirang (06/06/2012)
Source: ATI in CALABARZON Website
RENATO A. BELEN
(Farmer-Scientist for Organic Vegetable Farming)
Each Techno Pinoy Center is complemented by acknowledged farmer-leaders or farmer scientist (“Magsasakang Siyentista”) to collaborate with PCARRD’s regional consortium in demonstrating, experimenting and promoting technologies in agriculture and natural resources.
– Focus Commodity/ies –
Organic agriculture in the Philippines is still in its emergent or incipient phase. The discourse of organic agriculture is fast gaining ground in the country. Production is limited though steadily growing. Organic market in the country has been discovered as a “niche” market. They are increasingly being sold in major supermarkets with a price premium reportedly ranging from 20-30% over non-organic products. (Yussefi and Willer, 2003)
Organic vegetable farming has proved to be cost-effective and eco-friendly and farmers and consumers will benefit greatly in terms of improving soil characteristics, increased income, health and environmental awareness.
High Value Fruit Trees
High value fruit trees are the banner commodities of the key commercial crop Development Program (KCCDP) of the DA. It supports the production of a wide range of fruit trees including lanzones, rambutan, durian, citrus among others.
Fruit production is a profitable enterprise and a promising way of raising the income of slopeland farmers. Existing food production and environment conservation programs in the Philippines tend to integrate fruit trees into existing cropping system. Fruit tree production poses a great deal of economic potential for a resource rich country like the Philippines.
Organic Vegetable Farming
Organic Fertilizer Production
- Effective Microorganisms, LactoBac LAS-1
- Fish Emulsion Concentrate
- Vermi Compost
- Vermi Tea
Source: FITS OPA LAGUNA