FIRST TRAINING ON SCOPSA CONDUCTED

The SCoPSA participants patiently waited for their turns during the hands-on practicum.

BANGA, Aklan - "In this training, I learned a lot of things especially in sustainable farming for sloping areas. Actually if I stayed at home for three days, I will have my daily income but since I'm here attending, I acquired more than my daily income, my learnings. One more thing is the after-training kit that were given to us. Rest assured that what we have acquired in this training will be utilized optimally. Thank you ATI and God Bless us all,” uttered by Raffy S. Belinario, one of the 28 participants of the Training on Sustainable Corn Production in Sloping Areas (SCoPSA) held last September 11-13, 2019 at ASU Conference Hall, ASU Compound, Banga, Aklan.

There were three resource speakers who shared their knowledge revolving the Sustainable Corn. They are Dr. Rogelio Felizardo, Professor, ASU-Banga that discussed the Farming Systems, Sustainable Farming Practices, Food Always in the Home, and SALT I-4; Dr. Ronald Lorenzo, OPVET-Aklan that talked about Care and Management of Small and Large Ruminants; and Mr. Mavillo Villorente that tackled the Values Orientation and Farm Planning, Budgeting, and Record Keeping. Through these discussions, the participants were expected to learn and to equip with knowledge and skills on different sustainable farming systems in sloping areas most especially in corn production. They also had a hands-on practicum on locating and planting hedgerows at the contour lines at Cabangila, Altavas.

Aside from that, they were also provided with starter kit consists of spade, hoe, and budding knife and were given working clothes and different IEC materials of farming systems. At the end of the three-day training, they crafted an action plan on the application of learnings gained.