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Agro FFS conducted in Pingad, Sabangan, MP



he Agro-forestry farmer school in Pingad, Sabangan, Mountain Province was implemented last February 2013 with 30 active enrollees.

Orientation and discussion on the requirements for qualified enrollees  was the initial action of the facilitator and designated  Agricultural Technologists and Community Mobilization Officer . The Facilitators and enrollees agreed that they will finish the 22 sessions required by the component before graduation each session was done every Wednesday. The enrollees are encouraged due to the topics discussed and enjoyed their field activities. They are excited to receive their certificate of completion and their T-shirts as their uniform during their graduation.

The Agricultural Technologists, Maria Sacgaca reiterated on organic way of farming. The enrollees were divided into four groups for the four treatments in which they will use different organic fertilizers. Mrs. Sacgaca emphasizes the word “conscience” during lectures and farm visits as part of organic agriculture since health is the main consideration and not only ¬†profit. Moreover, farm activities, pest and diseases encountered were reported by the enrollees before the lectures for immediate explication.

The Agro-FFS is implemented by CHARMP2 through Community Watershed Conservation and Forest Management; it aims to provide opportunities to improve the socio-economic well-being of farmers so the enrollees were taught of the indigenous way of farming and maximized their available resources.

The enrollees were able to finish the required 22 sessions last August 2013. The graduation was set initially last August but was reset to September due to the delayed delivery of participants uniform T-shirts. The date was postponed again and was ensued last Wednesday of October.//Franliza Gonzaga

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