"If you want to be rich, then
be a farmer." These were inspiring words of Hon. Ireneo
Q. Glepa, the municipal mayor of Molave during the graduation
of the Farmers Field School (FFS) on Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) on Corn held recently at LGU Beach, Tukuran Zamboanga
This season-long training was participated in by 4th year high
school students of Simala National High School (SNHS) in Molave
composed of two sections, Rizal and Bonifacio which totaled 66
students and 15 teachers.
Mary Jane Angot, class president of Section Rizal said "the
IPM program on corn will be a big help to us. We will share this
knowledge to our parents and neighbors."
Raymond Ordeneza, class president of section Bonifacio added,
we gain knowledge on the proper timing and proper use of inorganic
The season-long training started
on October 13, 2012 and ended last February 2013. The class
meet twice a week. A hectare of land served as their demonstration
farm for the duration of the training. Facilitators were Mr.
Elmer Oliana and Edgar B. Muerang, agricultural technologists
from the office of the Municipal Agriulturist in Molave headed
by Mrs Dominga B. Ramos. Among others, discussions were seed
selection, land preparation, nutrient management, proper timing
of combined organic and inorganic fertilizer application, pest
management by identification of natural enemies and its natural
pest control, timely harvest and postharvest handling.
Also present during the culmination program were Hon. Victor
Yu, 1st District Congressman, Molave SB member Nestor Q. Glepa,
SNHS Principal Ms. Josie M. Siacer, DA APCO Mr. Carlito Larubis,
and parents of the students who completed training.(Gemma/DA9)