The official newsletter of the DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RFU9

Teachers and students complete IPM Corn training April 18, 2013

"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 del Sur.

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 fertilizer."

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)