The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Davao Region conducts its fourth online training entitled Online Training on Corn Production via Zoom Teleconferencing on October 10, 2020.
The training aims to spread corn farming principles to a broader audience using the internet to encourage more people to plant and produce corn for food consumption.
ATI Davao Region Corn Program point person, Rolls M. Rubis, served as the resource speaker of the online training that was attended by twenty-six (26) real-time participants, mostly young professionals and young farmers across the region.
During his discussion, Rubis underscored that land preparation is vital for successful corn farming.
“A well pulverized, properly plowed, and appropriately harrowed soil is necessary to ensure seeds to germinate and develop root. A well-prepared land also helps to minimize weed problems and provide better water retention in the soil,” explained Rubis.
Further, he also encouraged corn farmers to get the soil analyzed by an accredited laboratory before land preparation to determine the level of nutrients and to ascertain fertilizer recommendations before actual planting.
Aside from land preparation, Rubis also sheds light on other cultural practices on corn like integrated nutrient management, weed management, water management, harvesting, and post-harvest handling.
After the one-hour discussion, a virtual open forum took place wherein the resource person answered all queries about the training.
In their submitted online evaluation forms, the participants expressed their content of the training and gratitude to ATI for the learnings they have obtained.
Anne Marie Bianca D. Ballaso wrote on her evaluation, "What I appreciate about this activity is that despite our situation amidst Covid 19, ATI still makes ways to conduct trainings through webinars to impart knowledge to our farmers/young farmers. The topic was well-explained."
Information Services Section (ISS) facilitated the training.