40 P4MP Members and MS Officers Pass the NC II Assessment on Agricultural Crop Production

 In support to the Rural-Based Organizations (RBO) in the region, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI)-CAR facilitated the TESDA National Certificate (NC) II assessment on Crop Production for the 40 members of the Pambansang Mannalon-Maguuma-Magbabaul-Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (P4MP)-CAR chapter and officers of the Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Federation of Benguet and Mt. Province.  
 
Mr. Joaquin Depalog, President of the P4MP-CAR Chapter said that the NC II on Crop production would give them more confidence in sharing appropriate technologies and practices to fellow farmers. He added that the activity was timely for the farmers, especially those who are applying for good agricultural practices and organic agriculture certification. Further, the farmers were equipped on how to produce safe vegetables from production, harvesting, post-harvest handling and transporting until these will reach the Benguet Agri Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC).
 
Meanwhile, Mr. Andy Colte, President of the MS CAR federation encouraged his fellow farmer-trainees to apply the lesson learned in their respective farms and to share these to fellow farmers. 
 
As part of their certification, the farmers were oriented from production to the packaging process of the Benguet State University Internal Guarantee System (BIGS). Hands-on assessment activities included planting of lettuce seedling in the seedlings trays, lad preparation, transplanting in the open field, and harvesting of matured plants.  
 
After the practicum at the BSU farms, TESDA accredited assessors from the Kalinga State University assessed the farmers through oral interview. 
Prior to the NC II assessment, these farmers were trained on significant topics related to their farming activities. The topics discussed to them include  Soil Fertility Management; Food Safety; Philippine National Standard on Vegetable Production; Broccoli, Cabbage, Pepper, Lettuce and Tomato Production; Crop Programming; Pest and Disease Management of Highland Vegetables; and Harvesting, Post-Harvest Management  and Packaging.   The activity was conducted on June 21 to June 23, 2017 at the ATI-CAR, La Trinidad, Benguet. 
 (With reports from Cristino E. Balancio)