The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) has launched another School-on-the Air (SOA) program dedicated for backyard raisers and farmers to address the issues on animal waste management. The program is being aired over DWPE Radyo Pilipinas 729 kHz every Wednesday 5:00 to 6:00 in the morning from September 4 to November 13.
SOA is an educational radio program that employs an informal learning strategy that aims to demystify scientific jargons and able to explain the technologies in simpler and popular language.
Experts from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Department of Health will discuss the impact of animal waste on human health and environment, and mitigation strategies.
In addition, the Department of Agriculture and ATI will share good management practices and technologies such as biogas production and organic fertilizer production that can be adopted by the backyard raisers in minimizing the harmful effects of animal waste.
The 11-week SOA was designed in response to the increasing number of animal backyard raisers in Cagayan Valley. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority on the Livestock Inventory as of April 1, 2019, almost 90 percent of the total number of swine in the region are raised in the backyard farms.
According to the 2006 report Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options by the Food and Agriculture Organization, ‘the livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.’
The ATI Regional Training Center 02 (RTC 02) as the training and extension arm of the Department of Agriculture has continuously utilizing every medium to disseminate and train extension workers, farmers and fishers on appropriate and relevant farming technologies and systems.