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PIA Press Release
2009/10/09

FFS boost palay production in Camarines Sur

by LA Gavino

Pili, Camarines Sur (9 September) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) regional field unit here, in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur, has launched Thursday (October 9) the Palay Check Farmers Field School (FFS) in time for the wet planting season in barangay Cuyaoyao, Sagnay town.

The training program aims to equip local rice farmers to plant certified seeds and hybrid seeds, including pests and diseases prevention, control management, and water management that would contribute immensely to a more efficient and improved growth to attain high yield.

FFS focuses on technology transfer through a combination of lectures and actual field demonstrations on what have been previously discussed in the classroom.

Governor LRay Villafuerte, meanwhile, said the training program is a much needed support in the local agricultural sector, being one of the priority programs of the governor's administration, to ensure food security and agricultural development in the province

Among the components of the program is the application of the new technologies developed by DA to increase rice production.

The participants have since yesterday been into a three-months training program, including 16 sessions starting from planting until the time that the palay would be ready to be harvested.

Resource speakers were agricultural experts from the DA-RFU Bicol and Office of the Provincial Agriculture.

Palay Check FFS were also conduted in selected barangays of Bula, Nabua, Ocampo, Minalabac, Libmanan, Pili, Canaman, Tigaon, and Calabanga towns. The first batch of farmers from the municipality Bula will be graduating this month.

DARFU Bicol has provided free training materials to the participants and incentives to agricultural technicians, ATI will do the monitoring, and OPA will take charge of the technical supplements. (MMEC/PIA) [top]

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