Supporting the national drive to contribute to local income generation, Pasali hosted a Training on Vegetable Production Technology for Farmers of Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat on October 3-5. It was held at the Sarangani Learning & Resource Center, Datu Dani, Kiamba, Sarangani Province. A total of 33 farmers actively took part in the training and listened to the inputs of the two resource persons from the Mindanao State University – College of Agriculture in General Santos City: Prof. Mansueto Cuaton and Prof. Hilarion Decenilla,
The activity is essentially intended to promote vegetable production to address problem of adequate supply and ensure nutritious and affordable food. The training mainly focused on: Nutritional and economic value of vegetables; Considerations in choosing types of vegetable for planting; Care and management of vegetables; and Harvesting and Marketing.
Vegetable growing have been practiced by farmers since time immemorial. Before, farmers were growing vegetables organically. However, when the synthetic fertilizers and chemicals were introduced, many farmers gradually shifted to chemical-based vegetable production. But as the numbers of people who prefer organic food are increasing, because of the mounting volumes of scientific and medical research showing the ill effects of residual antibiotics and inorganic medicines on humans, interests and demand in organically-produced food are also increasing.
As part of the practicum, training participants were taught to prepare a plot for planting vegetables applying the “raise bed” technique for waterlogged areas. They also did their own organic concoctions and toured at the Kiamba Vegetable Public Market to acquaint about common vegetables and its prices sold in the market.
(I am very thankful that I am able to join in this seminar because I learned a lot that will help my children who are still studying. I will also share the insights that I learned to my family. It is really necessary to plant vegetables and we should apply the thigs we learned here, if not, it would be just a waste of time)
Extension Service Provider (ESP)
Pasali Philippines is one of the organizations accredited by the Department of Agriculture- Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) region XII as Extension Service Provider.