More than 150 farmers from Toboso town, Negros Occidental recently joined a training on corn production to enhance their skills and knowledge on new farming technologies for a sustainable income and livelihood from agriculture.
The training was initiated by the Department of Agriculture Western Visayas’ Special Program for Agricultural Development, Amy Parillo, SAAD area coordinator for Toboso, said in a press release yesterday.
Parillo said 156 farmer-beneficiaries attended last week’s six batches of one-day training. She said that all farmer-partners are encouraged to undergo SAAD trainings for them to become competitive in their agri-corn production and income. The participants came from the town’s upland barangays, who received corn production intervention packages.
“The learning and skills that our recipients got from the training would help them increase their corn yield. Despite the pandemic, they were all motivated to attend the training and that’s a good point,” Parillo said in the press release.
Corn specialists from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist Negros Occidental served as resource persons, namely agriculturist II Victor Llassos, agricultural technician Camille Cahilig, and agriculturist I Meriam Defensor Era. Topics on integrated nutrient management and integrated pest management, cultural management, and post-harvest and soil health and fertilizers computation were discussed.
Rossel Salazar of the Barangay Bandila Farmers Association thanked the DA-SAAD 6 for the support provided to them to broaden their knowledge and skills.
The SAAD program allocated P3,407,400 for beneficiaries in the municipality of Toboso this year. The fund was for social preparatory activities and trainings, and intervention packages, such as production inputs, and post-harvest equipment and machineries.*