Upi farmers braving the challenges towards a healthy community

Calphos concoction activity during the training.

When the term “Organic farming” or “Natural farming” is uttered, many farmers associate the term to “low income”. When many has set their minds in that line of thinking, potential organic converts are influenced and return to their traditional way of farming in which chemicals are used in growing food.
 
In Upi, Maguindanao, farmers braved the criticism and challenges in growing naturally grown food. Farmers defied the majority and took their first step toward a healthy food for their family and community.
 
Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) XII in partnership with organic farming advocates from Don Bosco Foundation sought potential traditional farmers to change their farms to organic farms. This was realized through a training on Organic Rice Production Technology offered to them last May 9-11, 2017 conducted by ATI and Don Bosco.
 
In this training, the farmers were not only taught the organic rice technology but also in developing marketable rice menu and create new product lines with good market.
 
During the closing of the training on the third day, two fulfilled farmers gave their impression stating that only with this training on organic have they totally understood organic farming. Due to gained knowledge they are now confident and totally convinced to convert their farms that produce food laden with pesticides to a farm that produces healthy food and promote good health.
 
The training was conducted in Nuro, Upi, Maguindanao and was participated by 27 farmers and 6 local government employee.