Marawi evacuees undergo training on organic agriculture to make them productive in agricultural development in Lanao Sur and adapt on alternative revenue generating opportunity.
These evacuees cum beneficiaries are temporary residents of 11 barangays: Cabasaran, Raya Guimba, Diolangan, Salipongan, Lumbac, Langi Talub, Macabangon Imbaba Nanagun, Moriatao Datu, Tangkal and Sugod of Madalum, Lanao del Sur.
Thirty-five farmers, including women, benefited in this training slated on July 25 and 30, 2018 at Maradeca Inc’s conference hall and on the succeeding day, at Tugaya Farmers Learning Site.
“Organic Agriculture is a farming system that produces healthy and quality products, it also improve the quality of life. It also preserve diversity and improves the soil structure, and the balance of soil inhabiting microorganisms without any application of synthetic products,” said Shaifon Abdulmanan, the resource person.
“Organic farming is a system of agriculture that uses natural and biodegradable inputs while deliberately avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers,” Abdulmanan emphasized.
Abdulmanan also taught IDPs on making organic fertilizers and demonstrated an organic compost pile of vermi and vermi tea in an area where these are cultured.
Following his lectures, the participants made four sample of the organic fermented fertilizers. These are Fermented Plant Juice(FPJ), Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ), Oriental Herbal Nutrients (OHN) and Fish Amino Acid (FAA).
These fertilizers will be utilized in the identified farm site of beneficiaries in barangay Cabasaran, Marawi City.
Hadji Ansary M. Ali, one of those present, said “I am willing to learn more and more about this methods because organic fertilizers proved productive and healthy farming. Its also preserving the environment and ecology.”
The training is inspired by “Building Skills, Building Lives: Livelihood Training for the IDPs of Marawi City,” a project funded by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).
Participants are expected to re-echo their learnings to their respective community. (Amiladen Hassana Imam)