Another batch of Training of Trainers on Farmer-Scientists Training Program (FSTP) was conducted for selected staff of the Office of the Municipal Agriculture and learning site cooperators of Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya, Office of the Provincial Agriculture of the same province and Nueva Vizcaya Experiment Station.
Conducted on October 14-16, 2020, the training strengthened the capabilities of the partner-agencies and farmer-leaders in terms of research and extension especially in operating and managing FSTP. The FSTP is an extension program that combines agricultural research and development that seeks to help corn farmers grow multiple crops and livestock in their farms for increased income. It will also enhance the farmers’ scientific knowledge and technologies on corn-based farming system.
For this particular training, blended methodologies were employed to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic health protocols. Resource speakers from the University of the Philippines - College of Agriculture and Food Science (UP-CAFS) in Los Baños, Laguna discussed their topics through video. Ms. Rosalinda Lucero, the Corn Focal Person of the Agricultural Training Institute in Region 02 said that they have integrated electronic and face to face modalities in facilitating the said training. “I discussed some components of the FSTP while experts from UP-CAFS discussed other topics through video.
The methodologies were effective as Ms. Chariz Raros of OPA Nueva Vizcaya said that she gained many learnings on corn production technology. She said that the FSTP aims to reach people especially the poor to increase their yield by practicing diversification or integrated farming system. “I learned that the role of man in cultivating the land is very important, and there is no barren land, only barren minds,” she said. She further said that it is up to the farmers how they utilize their land to have multiple source of income. The participants will be implementing their action plan for the FSTP Phase I.
The FSTP is a collaborative extension program of ATI and UP-CAFS that will liberate poor farmers from poverty through a synchronized and adequate extension delivery system.
Meanwhile, Patalan Corn Farming Learning Site at Maddiangat, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya hosted the training. The learning site served its purpose as venue for trainings and knowledge sharing not only for farmers but even for extension workers, and other partners in extension.
Said venue is a certified learning site on corn of the ATI-RTC 02 owned by Mr. Reynaldo Paner. It is continuously being developed to serve his fellow farmers and other agriculture enthusiasts in the municipality.