Some 43 Danao City farmers graduated from phase one (1) of Farmer-Scientists Training Program (FSTP), a corn-based production system.
Agriculture Consultant Dr. Romulo Davide awarded certificates of completion to the farmers in a graduation rite on Wednesday, April 9 at Danao City Civic Center.
“Marka kini nga sila naa na gyuy kinaadman sa mga pamaagi nga sayantipiko,” said Dr. Davide, a 2012 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee.
Two universities confirmed the graduation. One is University of the Philippines Los Baños, of which Dr. Davide is a professor emeritus and FSTP program leader. The other is Cebu Technological University.
In phase one, the farmers experimented eight (8) farming components. These are land preparation, varietal, fertilizer, germination, population density, de-tasseling, integrated pest management, and corn-based intercropping trials.
The training started from land preparation until harvest time, which was done in three months.
The farmers then were able to determine which method of land preparation, or which varieties of crop, or fertilizer, or germination technique would yield higher production.
Among the crops they used were corn, munggo, camote, peanuts, banana, and even coconut.
Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Roldan Saragena said that in intercropping, the farmers also learned which crops could be planted side by side with corn.
Mr. Severeno, who reported on land preparation trial, said the two-plowings; and the 2-plowings plus weeding gave the highest yield of 4.35 tons of crops per hectare. This is better compared to one-plowing and weeding which only yielded 4.17 tons per hectare.
After phase one, the farmers will now start the phase two (2) of the program. This is where farmers replicate their research experiences from phase one in their own farms. The objective is to determine which production technologies are adoptable in their farms.
The farmers thanked the Capitol for the program. “Daghang kaayong salamat Dr. Davide sa imong programa nga gihatag ngari kanamong mag-uuma ug among kining palambuon,” said Rogelia Hermoso, vice president of Farmer-Scientist Association Officers of Danao City.
Provincial Board Member Jude Thaddeus Durano-Sybico, who attended the activity, congratulated the graduates. He said the program showed that the farmers were given importance by the present administration.