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Climate-Smart Farmers Business School in Vegetable Production

Philippine Information Agency
23 Oct 2020, 19:38 GMT+10

BORONGAN CITY, Oct. 22 (PIA) -- Some 33 women- farmers from Brgys. San Gabriel, Siha, Sohutan, and San Jose in Borongan City have enrolled in the Climate Smart Farmers Business School in Vegetable Production which will last for 16 weeks.

A lead facilitator from the City Agriculturist Office, Joey Bebita Jr. said that the farmers' classes will try to grow off-season vegetables these -ber months through the use of technology.

The farmers' class is now on its 9th week.

The 33 women-farmers have established a communal farm located in the heart of San Gabriel where they help each other tend the so-called demo-farm.

After the 16th week, there will be a field day where they can display the fruits of their labor, said Bebita.

"We are trying to grow ampalaya, eggplant, tomato, bell pepper, sitaw and okra which traditionally grow only in the summer months," said Bebita.

The agriculturist said that the students' are adult learners needing to see how modern technology works in farming.

The farmers planted their vegetables employing different modes of planting to see the difference.

Some are planted using organic fertilizers, some with inorganic and some using their traditional way of doing things.

The result will tell them what best to follow when they will be left on their own in their very own farms where they will apply their learning from the Climate Smart Farmers Business School.

The project is launched under the city's banner program Dukwag Agrikultura.

"We are highly dependent on the vegetables of the Samar towns like Calbiga and Hinabangan, that is why we need to grow our own and sell them as we also train them to be agripreneurs," Bebita said.

Before the venture, Bebita said there is very low productivity of veggies in Borongan.

He added that climate-smart farming is what the city needs because of the typhoon season during -ber months.

Estela Andag, 55 from Brgy. San Gabriel is one of the students in the Climate Smart school, she said that she and her classmates have remained very attentive to the instructions because they believe that the new technology can help them.

"We have been farmers for so long, but there are new technologies that can still help us, and we are still willing to learn," she said. (nbq/PIA E. Samar)

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