589 Farmers Graduate from SOA on Palayamanan in Region II

ECHAGUE, Isabela – Capacity building through training, workshops and lectures has been the standard mode of extension for farmers and fishers. But for those who are in remote areas, little or no extension activities have been conducted for them. Such is the case for the farmers and fishers of Region 2 and so, the Schools-on-the-Air (SOA) Program for Palayamanan was conducted.

The SOA Program uses the radio as a medium to reach more clients, who are interested to learn, use and practice new technologies that can help them increase their production. Innovations have been added to the program making it more interactive. It is aired season-long thus it provides a step-by-step guide for farmers at every cropping stage.

This endeavor was implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) II and in partnership with Cagayan Valley Agriculture and Resources Research and Development (CVARRD) Consortium.

A total of 589 graduates from three provinces of Region II namely Isabela, Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya.  Isabela had 159 graduates with Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya had 201 and 198 respectively. While Santiago City had 30 graduates and one graduate came from Pinukpok,  Kalinga.

The SOA Program on Palayamanan was launched last July 15, 2010 in seven radio stations in the region. The program particularly aimed to update knowledge and skills of farmer-enrollees on Palayamanan using radio as a tool.

It was aired every Thursday and Friday at 5:00 to 6:00 in the morning at DWRA based at Isabela State University (ISU), Cabagan, Isabela, and DWRE at ISU Echague, Isabela and community radio stations at Lallo, Gonzaga and Sta. Teresita.  On the other hand, FM station at Nueva Vizcaya State University also aired the program on the same day at 5:30 to 6:30 in the morning.  In the Radyo ng Bayan (DWPE), it was aired every Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 to 7:00 in the morning.

Palayamanan combines rice with other high-value crops, livestock and fish. Rice is the major component of the system as it is the staple food of the Filipinos and is combined with other crops to increase productivity and income. Adding fishponds, poultry and livestock on their farms does not only increase income but also assure continuous food supply for the farm family. It is coined from the two words “palay” – Filipino term for rice at any stage prior to husking; and “yaman” – a Filipino term which means wealth. Adding the two words gives us the meaning that there is wealth in rice.

The graduation ceremony was held last November 16, 2010 at the ISU Amphitheater, Echague, Isabela. (Benedict C. Natividad with reports from Clarisse Alaska, ATI-RTC II)

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