BALON DAGUPAN NEWS
SOME 100 local farmers in the city underwent a six-week training course on fast crop farming, a new technology used in Taiwan, under the “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan” Farmers Training Program of SM Foundation, in partnership with the city of Dagupan.
The free training was facilitated by the Harbest Agribusiness Corporation (HAC) aimed at helping the farmers earn income in just a month.
The six-week training included lectures on seed sowing and planting, from seed growing to harvesting, under the guidance of HAC personnel.
After that, harvest festival is set on May 15 where farmers will already harvest their pinakbet vegetables, honeydew, varieties of watermelon, patola, kalabasa, upo and ampalaya including Chinese kangkong which can be harvested just after 15 days from planting.
The participants are mostly members of the 4Ps and the different farmer’s organization in the city like the Malued-Lucao Farmers Association, Tebeng Farmers Association, Bonuan Boquig Farmers Association, Matalunggaring Mangin Irrigators Association, Mauksoy Salisay Irrigators Association and Bacayao Sur Mango and Guapple Growers Association.
In addition to helping the farmers improve their life, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez is sending one of every farmer’s children to college under the city’s scholarship program, which grants each scholar a minimum of P10,000 financial aid per semester until he or she graduates.
At the same time, the City Agriculture Office released farm implements to the farmers under the Bottom Up Budgeting on livelihood assistance for farmers on March 29.
The farm implements include 66 knapsack sprayers, two hand tractors, two power tillers and one rice reaper.
The distribution was spearheaded by Mayor Fernandez and City Agriculture Officer Emma J. Molina in Barangay Mangin. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)