34 IPs Trained in White Corn Production
The Agricultural Training Institute - Regional Training Institute MiMaRoPa trained 34 Indigenous People (IP) from the municipality of Quezon, Palawan in white corn production technology on March 13 to 15, 2017.
The training aims to edify the IPs in corn farming to increase their production and teach them of the Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT), one of the technologies being promoted in the upland areas, particularly for IPs.
Mr. Noli Linga, representative of Mayor Joselito Ayala said the Local Government of Quezon wants to increase the corn production to support the staple food, particularly in the upland areas.
Meanwhile, Mr. Romeo P. Segay, Acting Municipal Agriculturist encouraged the participants to engage in corn production because it has high demand in the market and is suitable in their area especially this dry season because it doesn’t require abundant water unlike rice.
During the training, the participants attentively listen to each topic. They also made an A-Frame which used in line contouring for sloping areas. The participants said that this technology is suited for their production in upland areas. They also added that through this technology, they can have additional income from other cash crops.
Then, on its graduation day, ATI-MiMaRoPa gave each one of them white corn and vegetable seeds as initial inputs for their production. With this, the participants were very grateful because aside from the knowledge they have gained, the seeds were really a big help to practice what they have learned.
In his impression, Mr. Randy Cong, IP participant stressed that through unity and cooperation they can contribute to agricultural development specifically in white corn production. He added that whatever they have learned on the training will be their investment in properly utilizing their respective areas and share the knowledge they have gained in their community.
Among the topics discussed during the training were: cultural management of corn, pest and diseases management, harvest and post-harvest operations and SALT.