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Panabo adopts Conservation Farm Village

Panabo City (30 October) -- To help the upland farmers protect their communities against environmental degradation, the Local Government of Panabo thru the City Agricultural Office, with the partnership National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) adopts the Conservation Farming Village (CFV) last October 7, 2009

University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) as the implementing agency, the program "National Program for Sustainable Upland Farming through the establishment of Barangay Sagip Lupa or Conservation Farming Villages (CFV)" will select land degradation hotspots in the country.

Five areas in the whole Philippines have been chosen as beneficiaries of the project and Panabo is the only City in Mindanao chosen by the PCAARD to be one of the beneficiaries of the projects for it was discovered that large area of mountain has not been developed.

In behalf of the City Mayor Jose L. Silvosa, Sr., City Administrator Nemesio L. Rasgo, Jr. said that the Panabo City has been fortunate to be chosen as one of the five recipients in the whole country of the said project. The City Government compliments the initiative by putting livelihood programs and to put funds in these barangay.

With 3.3 million support fund from NEDA, the USEP has been entrusted of the funds to finance the program which will run for three years. The said funds will be use for the trainings and enhancement of the project. Around 82 farmers which are now practicing sloping land management technologies covering more than 90 hectares in Panabo City.

CFV is a mode for enhancing the application of conservation farming technologies, intends to promote agricultural productivity through continuous adoption of best farming practices.

City Agriculturist Alejandro Mayato said that the farmers will learn conservation farm technologies like bench tracing, alley cropping, minimum tillage and other sloping agricultural land technologies.

With the help of Local Government of Panabo, the respective barangays will provide the venue for community meetings, forums, knowledge exchanges, and a place where the farmers can avail of information materials on agriculture and forestry. &nb sp;

The first CFV was launched last Oct. 7 and 8 in Brgy. Mabunao. This was followed by Brgy San Roque last Oct. 14 and 15. Brgy. Katualan is also one of the beneficiary to be scheduled this coming Oct. 28 and 29.

Within that period, farmers will learn about in sloping land management. One of these was alley cropping in sloping lands, which involves planting of hedgerows along contours of sloping lands and the use of alleyways between hedgerows to grow annual food crops.

Panabo Agricultural Technologist, Engr. Fred Berdon, said the project hopes that the activities under CFV will be sustained such that farmers will truly be empowered to save their lands from destruction and consequently improve their livelihood.

Aside from USEP as the implementing university in Panabo, there are four universities that will implement the projects in there respective area of concern: Bicol University for Ligao, Albay; Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry Alfonso, Lista; Siliman University for Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental; and University of the Philippines Los Baņos for Gen. Nakar, Quezon. (Markgellor - City Information Office - LGU Panabo) [top]

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