Nagcarlan, Laguna–Following the success of the six previous trainings in Bulacan, Leyte, and Nagcarlan, twenty-two more farmers became SEP partners in the organic agriculture advocacy. The SEP team organized its seventh training on Organic-based Farm Practices, Social Enterprise Development, and Farmer-Clustering on September 3 to 4, 2016 at Abo-Bukal Elementary School, Nagcarlan, Laguna.
The training program covered topics on organic rice and vegetable production, organic fertilizer and bio-pesticide production and application, financial literacy and personal development, supply chain and farmer-clustering, and agro-processing. Resource persons are from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, EnPraxis, Good Food Community, and LifeBank.
Post-training assessments revealed that all the farmers expressed willingness to adopt organic-based practices, produce organic foliar and fertilizer, and engage in agro-processing. Five farmer-partners particularly volunteered to establish a demo farm on organic-based practices in their area.
Following the two-day training are the cluster formation and mentoring where the farmer-partners’ adoption of technologies and compliance with the production plan and schedule shall be monitored. They will then be assisted in linking with support services providers and market institutions.
With reports from Ma. Michele Felisan and Norhaya Demacaling