To improve the skills and increase the knowledge of farmers in managing pest and diseases negatively impacting on agriculture, Maradeca Inc. conducted crop-protection training through Farmers Field School (FFS) in barangays of Salipongan, Diolangan Bubong, and Moriatao Datu of Lumbayanague, Lanao del Sur.
This aims to assist internally displaced residents of Marawi in 2017 who opted to resettle in Lumbayanague municipality and adapted farming as an alternate way of life.
They recently have been addressing the problem on low yield of harvest due to pest and diseases infestations.
The conduct of this training was funded by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) under the project “Building Skills, Building Lives: Livelihood Skills Training of IDPs from Marawi City’’ in order that the needs of relocated internally displaced farmers and women are served.
“Agricultural livelihood is very important economic activity that could serve many people in the community. Farmers need to be supported because we have a growing population to feed,” emphasized Amilden H. Imam, lecturer of FFS.
The farmers started their Farmers Field School on August 27, 2018.
They underwent a lecture on proper rice planting. Rice production has been one of the sources of income in this area.
They were also taught on vermicasting and the uses of organic fertilizers for rice fields and vegetables.They also studied the production of organic liquid fertilizers.
Farmers also attended discussion sessions and did field demonstration on pest management on their planted white scallion (sakurab), a spice utilized in the production of hot palapa.
The MARADECA team and farmers also produced and promoted three organic liquid fertilizers and pesticides for farm use.
Imran Rataban, a farmer in Diolangan, expressed “the Farmers Field School gave more opportunity to us farmers because we gained more knowledge and learned a lot. In fact, we are not only benefiting this kind of endeavors but also our neighbor barangays who will be consuming our products.’’
“Farmers appreciated the project because it also increased their confidence and expectations for better farm harvests,” Imam said.
Continuing supports and monitoring are still being undertaken for farmers by Maradeca.