Susana D. Jeroso from the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office VI shows and describes the blended corn and rice to the participants during her lecture proper.

JANIUAY, Iloilo – “Nalipay gid ako kay nakaattend ako sa sini nga training, daw matumbo gid ako sa kasadya. Actually wala gid ako gaekspektar nga my mga farm tools nga ipagahatag kay ang akon lang gid ya gusto ko gid mahibal an ang teknolohiya sa sini nga training. [I am very happy that I have attended this training. I want to jump out of happiness the moment I knew that I can attend this training. Actually, I didn’t expect to receive farm tools because all I want is to learn the technology],” Elmar V. Esteva, farmer-participant from Agcarope, Janiuay, Iloilo, expressed during the conduct of Skills Training on Corn Processing (Corn-Rice Blend and feed Formulation) last October 7-8, 2020 at Janiuay, loilo.

Three AEWs from the Office of the Municipal Agricultural Officer of Janiuay, Iloilo joined the 17 selected officers and members of Barangay Matag-ub Sitio Kinambud Farmers Association (BMSKFA), Agcarope Farmers Association (AGFA), and Kapisanan ng mga mambubukid ng Tambal PMP Cooperative completed the two days training.

Nora T. Garpa, from DA-RFO6 presented the Updates/Importance & Status of Corn Industry in the Region. The lecture on the Corn-Rice blend was discussed by Susana D. Jeroso from the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office VI and the actual demo on Feed Formulation with Dr. Darel B. Tabuada from the Office of Provincial Veterinarian-Iloilo. On the second day, participants had an actual mixing of feed ingredients and cooking and taste-testing of the rice-corn blend as the highlight of the training.

Nemesio B. Adolacion, Municipal Agricultural Officer of Janiuay Iloilo, was present during the opening program and thanked ATI for the opportunities given to his constituents to attend the training. He also thanked the participants that despite the threat brought by this pandemic, they were still eager to learn the technology on corn processing.

Meanwhile, Dr. Eden DLR. Bautista, Center Director of ATI-RTC VI, commended everyone for the burning desire in enhancing their skills despite the pandemic. She reiterated the importance of hard work of the farmers and their contribution in producing food for every Filipino to further inspire the participants. Further, she thanked everyone for their dedication and eagerness to learn. She also encouraged everyone to continue planting corn integrating it with rice and engage in value-adding of corn products. Lastly, she emphasized that it is not ATI who inspires the people but it is ATI who is inspired by the people to continue the hard work and extend excellent services beyond boundaries.

Tely S. Leal, Provincial Corn Program Coordinator of Provincial Agriculture Office-Iloilo joined Dr. Bautista in awarding the Certificates of Completion to the participants. Farm tools were distributed as after-training support together with vegetable seeds with IEC materials as planting guide under Urban Agriculture as support to the Plant, Plant, Plant Program of the Department of Agriculture.

The success of the training would not be possible without the help and support of the Provincial Local Government Unit of Iloilo through the Provincial Agriculture Office and Local Government Unit through the Office of the Municipal Agricultural Officer of Janiuay, Iloilo.