TUMAUINI, Isabela. Six batches of training course on sustainable corn production in sloping areas (SCoPSA) were conducted in different barangays of Tumauini, Isabela. The Local Government Unit of Tumauini proposed the training to address soil erosion in hilly areas of the said municipality.
The training aimed at equipping the farmer-participants with the knowledge, skills and attitude on sloping agricultural land technology (SALT) towards sustainable corn production.
Two batches were conducted on November 4-8 and November 5-9 for the 65 farmers of Dy-Abra. Another two batches were conducted on November 18-22 and November 19-23 for 76 farmers of Sitio Bayabo, Camasi and the last two batches were conducted on November 25-29 and November 26-30 for the 65 farmers of Caligayan.
Participants learned the proper way of farming in sloping areas using SALT. “There are several forms of SALT that a farmer may use. We have a Simple Agro-Livestock Land Technology (SALT 2), Sustainable Agroforest Land Technology (SALT 3) and Small Agrofruit Livelihood Technology (SALT 4)”, said Ms. Rosalinda Lucero, ATI-RTC 02 Corn Focal Person.
Farmers were exposed using the A-frame to find the contour lines of the land. Plowing and planting following the contour lines will prevent soil erosion.