Farmers hold graduation rites
by PS Mabaquiao
San Jose, Antique (7 November) -- A total of 203 farmers have graduated from Farmers Field School (FFS) and School-on-the-Air Program during the graduation rites held recently in San Jose, Antique.
Governor Salvacion Z. Perez during the program said that agriculture is one of the priority agenda of her administration to ensure food security. She assured the farmers of her all out support to their undertakings especially in projects that create employment in agriculture sector and those that geared towards food production in response to the global effect on energy crisis and food shortage.
Nikki G. Galuego, Media Production Specialist, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) with satellite office in Hamtic, Antique said that Farmers Field School (FFS) and School On the Air Program are two different classes but tackled the same subject, the Palay Check System on Rice Production.
Of the 203 farmers, 34 have graduated from FFS, a 16-week field study and technology demonstration in Barangay Biri, Barbaza where farmers studied the rice agro-ecosystem in the promotion of Integrated Pest Management Program for a pesticide free-farming. The course is being facilitated by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA).
For School on the Air program, 169 farmers marched for graduation after finishing a 4-month radio curriculum. The program was aired over radio station DYKA 5:30-6:00 in the morning hosted by the specialist from ATI, OPA, and Office of the Provincial Veterinarian. Farmers from different towns in the province pay attention to the discussion on Palay Check System on Rice Production. The anchor gave the examination every Friday for the farmers to answer the send back to the host for evaluation.
Both classes, the FFS and School on the Air have its own monitoring and evaluation program to ensure that student-farmers pass the necessary requirements of the course to make them eligible for graduation. During the graduation program, farmers from both classes expressed their learning and insights both in theory and actual farming practice. (PIA) [top]