SAN MATEO, Isabela. The Agricultural Training Institute- Regional Training Center 02 launched the season-long Training of Trainers on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Vegetable Production on June 24, 2019 at ATI-RTC 02 San Mateo Center.
The said training is being participated by 30 agricultural extension workers and ATI staff and it will run until October 30, 2019.
As frontliners of agricultural extension service, the participants will be equipped with technical knowledge, skills and hands-on experiences in vegetable production and technology promotion.
The season-long training is a comprehensive learning program that provides the trainees with the good agricultural practices on vegetables from seed to seed.
Among the modules included in the training are crop management for lowland vegetables, preparation of natural farming inputs, integrated pests management, nutrient management, weed management, ASEAN integration, and extension methodologies.
Aside from the lecture-discussion, the participants will also established their Participatory Techno-Demonstration area and conduct Farmers’ Field School to serve as their laboratory.
According to Philippine Statistics Authority, the Cagayan Valley region contributes about 20 percent of the domestic supply of vegetables in the country. Each provinces in the region grows their own distinct vegetable; in Nueva Vizcaya they grow highland vegetables of commonly known as chopsuey vegetables, Batanes produces spices such as garlic, while Isabela, Quirino, and Cagayan are the main sources of lowland vegetables or the pinakbet group.
The Good Agricultural Practices are set of standards on vegetable production that promotes safe food products for consumers through the reduction of microbial loads, heavy metals, and pesticide contamination.
In addition, GAP provides responsible farming practices which include supply of safe produce, crop protection and postharvest water, manure and biosolids, possibility of fecal contamination, workers health and hygiene, field sanitation and harvest, packaging facility, and storage and distribution.
After the five-month training, the participants are expected to conduct their own farmers' field school at their respective municipalities.