LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET. Consistent with their partnership commitments the Agricultural Training Institute-Cordillera Administrative Region (ATI-CAR) and the Cordillera Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development (CorCAARRD) held the fourth Joint Farmers’ Technology Forum with 57 participants. The forum held on November 21, 2019 at the Everlasting Hall, BSU R&E Building has been jointly implemented by the ATI-CAR and CorCAARRD since 2016. This activity was set as a regular undertaking between the two Offices to sustain the partnership in the implementation of the Techno Gabay Program (TGP). It is a learning avenue for the Magsasaka Siyentista (MS), researchers, and other farmers through the sharing of best practices, success stories and research results for possible adoption by others.
In his message, Benguet State University President and CorCAARRD RRDCC Chair Feliciano G. Calora, Jr expressed his support to the forum. He emphasized the value of joint undertaking with other government agencies to maximize resources. He added that the event gives opportunity for the farmers to share their actual and effective farming practices that others may adopt. President Calora further encouraged the farmers to approach the Consortium and University as they are willing to extend services to them.
Meanwhile, ATI-CAR Center Director Arlene Flores added that the joint activity is a way of putting together government efforts and resources to work with the farmers, who are responsible in feeding the people. She shared that the ATI works more with the rural based organizations to reach out more individuals and one way of solidifying the farmers’ group especially here in the Cordilleras. “You, the farmers, know the practice based on trends because you are hands-on and that is why we are tapping you as our partners, we have to do things together," added Director Flores.
The MS who presented their best practices and success stories were Danilo Trongco of FITS Center Lagangilang, Abra; Honorio Clemencia of FITS Center Tabuk, Kalinga; and Romeo Casilla of FITS Center Itogon, Benguet. Dr. Rogelio Colting shared the experience of their group Our Farmers Haven (OFH) initiative in Organic Agriculture Development; Manuel Wacnisen presented the result of the Science and Technology Community-Based Farm (STCBF) on Spray-Type Chrysanthemum Production project being implemented in the farmer’s level; and Dr. Ruth Diego discussed the research results of the project “Nile Tilapia Culture with Challenges Posed by Upland Cool Climate Condition” conducted in various locations in CAR. (By Jaila S. Sagpa-ey)