Maximizing land use with Cassava

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TACLOBAN City, Leyte - Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported a decline of cassava production by 5.6 percent on the first quarter of 2019, from 544.23 metric tons to 514.23 metric tons, and also a decline of production for Eastern Visayas from January 2018 to March 2019.

Through one of its accredited ESPs, La Granja de Reyna Agriventures Farmers’ Association, ATI RTC 8 aims to develop more skilled farmers to maximize land use with cassava production.

Resource Persons include: Dr. Paulino T. Cabahit for Cimate Change It's Effect to Cassava Production and Mr. Algerico M. Mariscal on Cultural Management of Cassava. Participants also performed planting with the use of an A frame and learned the different cropping pattern of cassava production.

Further, participants were exposed to different varieties of cassava and learned that improved cassava production will harvest up to 12 or 15 kilos per hill, while traditional production can only produce two kilos. Thus, leguminous plants/trees are necessary in cassava areas to replace nutrients of the soil.

Mrs. Angeles Flores shares that there will be improvement in their farming systems: intercropping and diversification of crops. She was thankful for being chosen as participant to this training, and extended her thanks to ATI RTC 8, La Granja, and to her co-participants for the sharing of ideas and cooperation during the training.

Similarly, Mr. Leopoldo Ecaldre is thankful to ATI and La Granja for sponsoring this training. He pointed out that the resource persons are competent, there was enough food, and the venue has space for practicum. He encouraged his co-participants to apply their learnings and also to dream and work for the improvement of their farming systems especially on cassava production.

Twenty-six (26) participants attended the Cassava-Based Farming Systems (Batch 2) on April 23-25, 2019 at La Granja de Reyna, Brgy. Bagacay, Tacloban City.

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