SAN MATEO, Isabela. The school-on-the air on organic agriculture, OK sa OA was concluded over the airwaves and social media pages of the Agricultural Training Institute - Regional Training Center 02 (ATI-RTC 02). The project has around 300 farmers and young farmers from different municipalities of Isabela and Cagayan participating.
The SOA was aired over DWPE Radyo Pilipinas 729KHz AM, DZDA Radyo Pangkaunlaran 105.3 MHz FM, DWRL Lallo 95.1 MHz Lallo and Radyo Kalugaran Claveria 97.7 MHz. It was also posted in Facebook page and Youtube of ATI-RTC 02.
Through the project, the knowledge and awareness of farmers and young farmers on organic agriculture were enhanced. Young farmers were identified as the major enrollees of the project in support to the thrust of the DA Secretary William Dar. He has been encouraging young people to engage and involve themselves in agriculture as he said, “by engaging the youth as infomediaries, we will be able to widen their mindset for farming to be more progressive.”
Stater kits will be provided to the successful enrollees for them to apply the learnings they gained from the SOA. It is one way of motivating them to grow their own food, an urgent call for everyone to cope with the current crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative is part of the implementation of the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat or ALPAS COVID-19 or the Plant, Plant, Plant program of the Department of Agriculture.
The project was implemented in collaboration with the selected municipal local government units of Isabela and Cagayan with extension workers as SOA coordinators. It was aired from June to August 2020.