To avoid dependence on commercial pesticides and fertilizers, farmers in the municipality of Poona Bayabao in Lanao del Sur were taught to adapt organic farming and to learn the ways of producing organic fertilizers.
Thirty eight farmers, four of them female, sat down with facilitators and trainers from Succeed Global, a partner of Maradeca Inc., on August 13-14, for a training on organic farming and organic fertilizers production for palay and vegetables.
Facilitators allowed participants to make and process organic fertilizers “so that they will grasp the process in making fermented organic fertilizers.”
A highlight of this training is the production of “Fermented Syete Pares” or seven pairs of different kinds of leaves, a fertilizer concoction.
Joselito Rabang and Mr. Poly Lantican, both of which are agriculture development specialist of Succeed Global, a non government organization based in Davao City, were the facilitators.
They advocated organic farming to farmers “in order to produce safe and healthy organically-grown food at lower cost and develop a self-sustaining natural farming system.”
They also aimed to inculcate the importance of organic fertilizer in farm yields.
One of the facilitator explained that “too much use of chemical fertilizers will spoil the fertility of the soil or field thus it affect the farm activity of every farmers in the long run.”
The training target to enhance the capacity of rural farmers in promoting sustainable agriculture farming practices through the use of organic fertilizers.
Hadji Salic R. Abdulmadid, a participant, said that “the training is very helpful to us as farmers because we are too dependent on the chemical fertilizer without knowing that a more effective organic fertilizer is within our reach. It will also help lessen our expenses in using chemical fertilizers.”
“I am encouraging our co-farmers to adopt and shift to organic farming because this is the answer to our problem on expensive commercial chemical fertilizers,” he added.