E. Visayas 4H youth learns GAP

4H Hub, Palo, Leyte – 4H young farmers trooped to the 4H Hub of ATI RTC 8 to learn about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) on fruit and vegetable production.

With the training, participants learned the advantages of Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in vegetable and fruit production. Resource persons Dr. Carlos S. De la Cruz (retired DA RFO 8 organic agriculture focal) and Ms. Concepcion Miro (ATI RTC 8 HVC focal) discussed the four important aspects of GAP of vegetable and fruit; the elements of GAP on vegetable and fruit; and the basic requirements of a GAP-compliant farm and requirements for GAP certification.

According to Ms. Jeaneveth Versoza, a 4H youth from Tacloban City, "I would like to thank ATI-RTC8, especially to the Training management team, for this kind of training. Also, thank you for the resource persons who shared their knowledge about GAP, Doc. Caloy and Ma'am Connie. Thank you also to Ma'am Vanissa Asis (ATI RTC 8 4H focal) for inviting us to this training. I am very much into farming and I would like to apply what I've learned during this 5-day training. Thank you very much."

Even with the diverse educational backgrounds, the 4H youth participants came together through their love an interest in farming. Mr. Eugenio Pabilada from Tarangnan, Samar shared, "Actually I am a graduate of Criminology. But my parents are farmers. Before I was not interested in agriculture. Now, I have come to realize that agriculture is very important. If there are no farmers, there will be no food for everybody. Starting now, I will show my love for farming. One can be happy in farming since we can help many people”.

The 5-day training was held on Oct. 21-25, 2019 and attended by thirty (30) 4H youth farmers from all over Eastern Visayas.