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Classroom at the Farm Setup for Farmers of Upi, Maguindanao

FFS participants doing their AESA after the field monitoring of their garden.
Organic Farming has steadily spreading across the country just a few years since R.A. 10068 was enacted. Organically grown products are in high demand today as more people are selecting healthy food rather than food rich in chemicals.
 
In Upi, Maguindanao, a Farmers' Field School (FFS) on organic vegetable was conducted in partnership of Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) XII and the Local Government Unit of the said municipality.
 
The aims of the FFS is to equip farmers with technologies of organic growing of agricultural products. To give them a healthy option for food consumption, to improve their productivity and income.
 
 
 
 
Participant recording the weekly performance of organic and inorganic vegetable in their studies.

 

The FFS started on October 6, 2016 and ended on January 25, 2017. The FFS was facilitated by two (2) graduates of ATI XII in a season long training of trainers in integrated pest management of vegetable production last 2015. The facilitators are Mr. Abdul Satar Salik and Ms. Kathy Echano, and in whole duration of the FFS they have taught 30 farmers and rural improvement club members in organic farming.
 
Eager farmer graduates after the graduation ceremony to their Farmers' Field School.
 
During the graduation of the FFS participants on January 25, 2017, the general opinion of all participants is very positive. That they appreciate the training conducted for them and gave them new knowledge for maintain a productive vegetable garden.
 
Ms. Florence Pelobillo, a participant, thanked ATI, LGU of Upi and DA for giving here the opportunity to know the different organic concoctions and know the difference between beneficial and harmful insects to their vegetable garden.