group photo composed of men and women behind them are sacks of onion

AEW Participants and ATI Focal Persons display their wacky poses amidst their exhausted bodies at WBI Onion Cold Storage, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

BANGA, Aklan – Twenty-seven delegates composed of agricultural technicians, facilitators, and training team of Region 6 recently went for an experiential visit to the Region of MIMAROPA. This benchmarking activity last March 19 to 21, 2019 was part of the Season-long Training of Trainers (TOT) on Garlic and Onion Production, Postharvest, and Marketing. Through the exposure trip particularly in Magsaysay and San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, learning experiences of the participants through in-house instructions and field work were reinforced as they have seen actual onion plantations, observed harvesting, and postharvest activities of farmers. They also interviewed farmers, service providers, and other stakeholders in the onion industry. They further observed soil types and experienced climatic condition favorable to the crop.

The said training was the first training course conceptualized and implemented in response to the directives of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Secretary Manny F. Piñol to develop more production areas for garlic and bulb onion. He even announced this training in a forum during the “Byaheng Bukid” last August 9, 2017 in Iloilo. He urged the farmers of Miag-ao, Igbaras, Tubungan, and Tigbauan to plant more onion and garlic. He also stressed that DA will provide financing, necessary training, and marketing support.

The expository trip was facilitated by ATI-MIMAROPA, headed by its Center Director Pat Andrew B. Barrientos, the HVCDP Team that is composed of Ms. Christine Magnaye, Ms. Reina Madriaga, and Ms. Jocelyn Bernardo who personally accompanied the group.