Hon. Raymond D. Malapajo, Municipal Mayor of Maayon, Capiz checks the final output of the corn-rice blend after the hands-on activity.

MAAYON, Capiz and LEON, Iloilo – Despite the COVID-19 scare, forty farmers actively participated in the recently concluded two batches of Skills Training on Corn Processing in Municipality of Maayon, Capiz on November 4-5, 2020 and Municipality of Leon, Iloilo on November 11-12, 2020 respectively.

Each batch has trained 20 participants composed of three Agricultural Extension Workers from the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist and 17 officers and selected members of farmer’s association and cooperatives. The training was held at Maayon covered court in Capiz while in Iloilo it was conducted at ISAT-U Leon Campus with three AEWs from the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist and 17 farmer recipients of PRDP project in the municipality.

Hon. Raymond D. Malapajo, Municipal Mayor of Maayon, Capiz personally congratulated and thanked his constituents for their time and efforts in enhancing their skills for better agricultural production and thanked ATI and the Department of Agriculture (DA) for bringing the technology in the municipality despite the COVID-19 pandemic. He emphasized their contribution to the agricultural development of Maayon as well as in the Region and encouraged everyone to give importance in the sustainable development of land, nature, and its natural resources. Lastly, Mayor Malapajo reminded everyone of the safety precautionary measures and ordinance implemented by the Local Government Unit in the Municipality.

In Iloilo, Sencia A. Clarito, Municipal Agriculturist of Leon thanked ATI for choosing the municipality of Leon as a recipient of the said training. She encouraged everyone to apply all the learnings gained from the training to improve their production. She also assured ATI that the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist will give its full support in monitoring the production of participants using the given tools and materials as after training/extension support.

Nora T. Garpa from Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 6 (DA-RFO6) presented the Status/Updates of Corn Industry in the Region before the start of the lecture proper. The topic on Corn Rice Blend was discussed by Susana D. Jeroso from DA-RFO 6 while the Topic on Feed Formulation was discussed by Dr. Rexie A. Trance, Veterinarian II of Office of the Provincial Veterinarian-Capiz. While, in Iloilo, Tely S. Leal of Provincial Agriculture Office served as Resource Person in Corn-Rice Blend and Dr. Darel B. Tabuada, Acting Provincial Veterinarian of Iloilo discussed the topic on Feed Formulation.

The training equipped the participants with the knowledge and skills in processing corn into corn products that can be potential livelihood activities. Cooking and taste testing of Corn-Rice Blend highlighted the two-day skills training.
The participants received Certificates of Completion with “Bolo”, Spade, Hoe, Plastic Pail with cover, formulated feeds and corn-rice blend as extension support from ATI. Also, they were able to bring home the Urban Agriculture advocacy bag consists of 12 kinds of vegetable seeds with IEC materials, a seedling tray, and a plastic seedling bag as a starter kit in support of the Plant, Plant, Plant program of the Department of Agriculture.
The four batches of Skills Training on Corn Processing was successfully concluded in coordination with DA-RFO 6 and with the help and support from the Provincial Local Government Units through their Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and Local Government Units through their Office of the Municipal Agriculturist.