The municipality of Minglanilla improved its agricultural production as part of the officials’ vision for the town to be an agri-tourism destination.
Included in the town’s efforts is joining the Farmer Scientist Training Program (FSTP), which Capitol Agriculture Consultant Dr. Romulo Davide is thankful of.
FSTP-trained farmers are entitled to input and farm mechanization assistance from the Cebu Provincial Government.
The province is also considering to further provide Php 1 million assistance for each local government unit (LGU) that participated in the FSTP.
Davide was in Minglanilla last Sept. 14 for the FSTP Phase One field day in Barangay Tungkop.
The first phase is an introductory and experimental stage of FSTP. The farmers are to experiment eight farming trials. These are land preparation, varietal, fertilizer, germination, population density, de-tasseling, integrated pest management, and corn-based intercropping trials.
Municipal Agriculturist Minerva Violon said the municipal government is focusing on improving their farm production since 80 percent of its residents still rely on farming.
As of now, she said, the local farm products are not yet enough to supply the whole populace of Minglanilla.
But they are hopeful that they could achieve their goals with the help of the Capitol and the National Government through the Department of Agriculture.
The vision of agri-tourism project of the town does not only focus on the production but to infrastructure as well. The project is duly supported by the municipal council headed by Vice Mayor Jojo Selma who heads the committee on agriculture.
FSTP is now widely implemented in almost all LGUs in the province. The program is aimed at increasing the production of corn in the province from 800 kilos to two tons.
Ultimately, the program was established to increase the household income of the farmers and thus reduce poverty.
Last August, the Capitol declared the farmers in the province as heroes of the land and gave recognition to 10 outstanding farmers.