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Philippines Corn Farmers to Make Own Fertilizer

Philippines Corn Farmers to Make Own Fertilizer

13 February 2015

PHILIPPINES - The Philippines agricultural department has introduced new technologies to Aurora corn farmers.

“From now on we will never be affected with expensive fertilizers, instead we will make our own fertilizers using the things we have in our surroundings,” said Mr Nilo Arena, one of the participants of the Farmers Field School (FFS) on Integrated Pest Management on Corn with Emphasis on Organic Farming during their graduation.

A total of 32 corn farmers recently successfully finished the FFS and are now equipped with new technologies for corn production in Barangay Resthouse, Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur.

During the programme, Agricultural Programme Coordinating Officer of Department of Agriculture, Carlito Larubis emphasized that organic farming should be practiced again for everyone to have safe food to eat.

“We are very glad that you focused and supported organic farming. When we are eat inorganically grown foods, that means we are poisoning ourselves. Today marks the beginning of our poison-free life. Let’s work together, let’s go organic,” Mr Larubis added.

According to Municipal Mayor Boen Dorotheo R. Cabahug it has been their objective to alleviate poverty and this FFS is one way to achieve it. “I am positive that together we can achieve that goal. Use what you have learned to improve and increase your income,” he said.

The OIC-Municipal Agriculturist, Paul M. Sanchez encouraged graduates that through this FFS everyone will be environment conscious.

The FFS started September 30, 2014 and ended January 14, 2015. The class meets every Wednesday and is facilitated by Agricultural Technologist Evelyn P. Cimafranca. The class was divided into five groups, each group will have a quarter of land that will serve as their demonstration farm. They are to plant OPV White Corn from the Seed Exchange Programme with a distance of 75cm x 25cm.

The five groups were assigned with different treatments; 1. Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ); 2. Indigenous Micro Organism (IMO); 3. Indigenous Compost; 4. Inorganic Fertilizers and 5. Farmers Practice. As a result each group was able to harvest 0.14, 0.14, 0.16, 0.16 and 0.19 mt/500 square meters, respectively.

Marites Ventic, 29 years old, one of the graduates shared her experience in the field and said: “We had fun and at the same time we are learning. We observed that those treated with commercial fertilizers easily attract pests compared to those treated organically.”

The Farmer Field School (FFS) is a group-based learning process. During the FFS, farmers carried out experiential learning activities that helped them understand the ecology of their fields. These activities involve simple experiments, regular field observations and group analysis.

Same activity was also conducted in Barangay San Jose and Barangay Tinindugan, Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte with a total of 60 graduates. 

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