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Friday, October 2, 2015

FFS graduation, harvest festival held in Dipolog

BY Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - A total of 28 farmers from the different barangays of this city graduated on Tuesday from a six-month training given by the East-West Seed Company, Inc. dubbed “Farmer’s Field School (FFS)” on high-value vegetable production using natural farming system.

In her message, Mayor Evelyn T. Uy urged the graduates to sustain their efforts, continue using the natural farming technology, and refrain from using chemicals in their farms.

The lady mayor assured the farmers of the market for their produce saying “ the City Agriculture Office (CAO) will buy their products and they will be given a space at the city market.

Uy also reiterated that the city government programs with DAR are now reaping dividends. “The city government gave 50 percent as its counterpart to all the ADB-funded projects implemented by DAR,” she declared. 

The 28 graduates were composed of 17 males and 11 female farmers from barangays San Jose, Gulayon, Sangkol, Diwan, Sinaman, Galas, Punta, Olingan, and Cogon.  

The six-month training was administered by East-West Seed Co, Inc., headed by Technology Transfer Manager Dr. Roberto Acosta.

For his part, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Mohammad Dassan J. Adju of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-Zamboanga del Norte expressed his gratitude to the provincial and city governments for providing counterpart funds to the projects implemented by the department in the province.

Ms. Enone Realiza, one of the graduates, challenged the other graduates to be proud of being a farmer and to apply what they have learned during the training. She also appealed to the buyers to buy their produce at a reasonable price.

To ensure the market of their products, City Agriculturist Kerr Porlas said a Memorandum of Marketing Agreement will be inked between the farmers and the city government for the provision of a space at the city market for vegetables and other agricultural products produced through natural farming system technology.

The top 5 graduates are Edgar V. Flores of Sinaman with the rating 92.5%,  Edilito J. Murro of Sinaman-89.5%, Espedita J. Cadano of Sangkol-87.5%, Rey S. Abequivel of San Jose-86.5, and Jovito S. Ganta  of San Jose 80.75 %.

The agencies joining hands in implementing the project are DAR-ADB ARCP 2; EAST-West Seed Co. Inc., (Phils) headed by its technology transfer manager, Dr. Roberto Acosta and city government.