At least 170 farmers completed their training in the Farmer Scientists Training Program in towns of Barili, Alcantara and cities of Talisay and Naga on Wednesday, May 22.
In Alcantara and Barili, a total of 117 farmers finished the four-month training and 58 in Naga and Talisay.
Provincial Agriculturist Roldan Saragena urged FSTP graduates to apply the knowledge they learned from training in the field.
“Nakakita mo sa kalahi-an sa resulta kon husto ang atong pamaagi sa pagtanom. Busa gamita gyud ninyo kining maong kaalam,” Saragena said.
With the decreasing number of farmers across the country, Saragena lauded the graduates for not giving up on farming.
“A hungry man is an angry man. Imagine if all farmers would stop toiling the land. Many will get hungry,” he said.
FSTP, which primarily centers on a corn-based production system, aims to give small farmers direct training contact with agricultural experts and scientists to develop their technical skills and scientific capabilities to grow crops utilizing appropriate farming technologies.
The program is a brainchild of Dr. Romulo Davide, Capitol’s agriculture consultant, who receives a salary of one-peso a year.
For his work, Davide got a Ramon Magsaysay award in 2012 where he was recognized for his steadfast passion in placing the power and discipline of science in the hands of Filipino farmers, who have consequently multiplied their yields, created productive farming communities, and rediscovered the dignity of their labor.