CARIGARA, Leyte –In Eastern Visayas, the 2018 April-June PSA Quarterly report shows that banana reached 56,692 MT with a 0.2 increase compared to the same months in the previous year. aAs for locals, it is a crop that would not require much attention for cultural management. Yet, there is increased demand on GAP-approved products since the trade among ASEAN countries opened.Aside from the goal to eventually compete with the ASEAN neighbors, producing quality farm products would also increase viability and saleability in the local markets.
In partnership with the Local Government of Carigara thru its Municipal Agriculture Office, ATI-RTC 8 raised awareness among trainees on the production of safe and quality banana products through the implementation of good agricultural practices in their production activities.
Discussion included banana production technology; major pests and diseases of banana and their management; importance of GAP in the Philippines; four important aspects of GAP on FV;
15 key areas of GAP on FV and; requirements for GAP certification.
Tinaguban Farmer’s Association (TFA) member, Mr. Antonio G. de Asis, expressed his delight. “I thought planting banana was very easy because we live in a coastal area but because of this training, I really learned a lot. Now I know that we need to wrap the banana to avoid insect damages. I learned a lot because of the resource persons. I learned from them the right procedure for planting banana and following GAP processes.”
Participants agreed to establish small scale banana plantation following GAP standards. This encouraged them to eventually process requirements for GAP Banana certification.
As a farmer’s association, TFA plans to have a consolidation center for the harvested banana and will seek support from institutions to avail of livelihood programs on banana processing. (With reports from CB Miro)