SANTIAGO CITY. In line with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol’s directive to make agriculture more accessible to people, the ATI-RTC 02 conducted a Free Seminar on Mushroom Production and Edible Gardening. This was conducted at Villa Gonzaga Center for Agronomy at Brgy. Villa Gonzaga, Santiago City, Isabela last February 28, 2019. The said activity which is funded by the ATI's Organic Agricultural Program was in support to the DA’s thrust to promote food availability and safety for every Filipino family.
About 180 participants from Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Cagayan and Los Baños, Laguna came to learn and gain knowledge about mushroom production and edible gardening.
Ms. Nelie Dadufalza of the Department of Agriculture Regional Crop Protection Center lectured on mushroom production Technology. She demonstrated the steps in growing mushroom through hands-on together with the participants.
Menawhile, Engr. Claudio P. Gonzaga, the owner of the farm discussed edible gardening. He emphasized that producing organic highland and lowland vegetables in the province of Isabela is very much possible.
Engr. Gonzaga, ATI accredited learning site cooperator, toured the participants to his farm letting them appreciate the different concoctions to be applied on the bed before planting. The six concoctions demonstrated are Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO), Lactic Acid Bacteria Serum (LABS), Calcium Phosphate (CALPHOS), Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN), Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ), Vermi Composting, Vermi-tea and the Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ) as natural farming inputs used in organic farming system.
Mr. Ricky Valdez, ATI OA Focal Person said that the participants demonstrated appreciation and interest in organic farming through a return-demo in the preparation of the said concoctions. "This is manifested on their impressions saying that the seminar was of great help for them to produce their own organically grown vegetables. They said that organic farming is producing healthy and safe foods for the family and consumers," Valdez further expressed.
Also, the participants were inspired by Engr. Claudio P. Gonzaga who shared his passion in organic farming and encouraged them to engage also and be part of organic agriculture industry.
ABS-CBN TV Patrol Northern Luzon featured the said seminar.