A total of 507 individuals to include rural women, farmers, students, entrepreneurs and agri enthusiast graduated on the School-On-the-Air (SOA) on Sustainable Mushroom Production Enterprise with Farmer Field School (FFS) component in the Province of Capiz.
The SOA modules and topics were aired over RMN-DYVR every Sunday, from 12:00 to 1:00 in the afternoon, while the Farmer Field School classes was held every Thursday afternoon at Energy Savings and Launching Area (ESLA) Brgy. Lanot, Roxas City. Pool of experts from the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office VI (DA-RFO 6) was tapped as resource person to include Mr. Glenn Mariano and Mr. Eden B. Panisales.
Dr. Eden DLR. Bautista in her message during the SOA graduation encouraged the graduates to pursue what they have started in terms of mushroom production. She told the group that if they are still interested to learn, ATI-RTC 6 together with DA-RFO 6 will support them by implementing the phase 2 of the program which is mushroom processing, packaging, labelling and marketing by 2019.
With the turnout of SOA graduates, Capiz Provincial Governor Hon. Antonio Del Rosario was amazed that there are mushroom growers in the province. He expressed his full support to the graduates most especially to the officers and members of the Capiz Mushroom Growers determined to pursue the mushroom industry in the province. He also advised Provincial Agriculturist Ms. Sylvia Dela Cruz to promote mushroom industry in the province.
Top ten SOA students were awarded with prizes to include 2-burner gas stove, steamer, and other materials used in mushroom production from DA – RFO 6 under the Community Based Mushroom Production (CBMP) Project. All the graduates were given mushroom fruiting bags (ready to fruit) as token of ATI-RTC 6 for their interest to learn and help in promoting the mushroom industry in the province.
Other guests present during the graduation program held at CAP Auditorium, Roxas City on December 7, 2018 were DYVR Station Manager Mr. Ely Abarra, and Ms. Carolina Cornelio representing Engr. Remelyn R. Recoter of DA-RFO 6.
The SOA and FFS was implemented by ATI Regional Training Center VI in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office VI and the Capiz Provincial Government thru the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist from August 26 – December 7, 2018.