SAN MIGUEL, Zamboanga Del Sur – Knowledge on the incorporation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) on corn is an essential approach in providing safe and high quality product to consumers and feed millers/processors especially in this time when there is an increasing demand of corn in the feed milling industry.
Thus, OIC-Director Luz Taposok urged some 151 agricultural practitioners to contribute in raising awareness on the importance of GAP, IPM, and other corn standards and qualifications during the recent commencement activity of the Season-Long Training of Trainers (TOT) on IPM with Emphasis on GAP for Corn with NC II.
“Now that you have learned the Philippine GAP based on Quality Management Principles beginning from the farm and as the product reaches to our tables, I hope that you will be able to share what you have learned; spread the information and help more people be aware,” Taposok remarked.
According to her, this safety and quality standard for corn set by the Department of Agriculture (DA) will assure that consumers including producers are safe from any threats or danger.
“With your expertise on IPM and GAP on Corn, risk hazards during production, harvesting and postharvest handling of corn and also of other fruits and vegetables will be reduced,” she further explained.
Likewise, Center Director Reynaldo Beduya of ATI Region IX, expressed his congratulations to the graduates who will extend assistance to as many farmers and agricultural extension workers for them to also deepen their understanding on IPM and GAP on corn.
The said graduation ceremony was held last October 28, 2017 at the Muncipal Gymnasium, Poblacion in Region IX.