More than a thousand farmers graduated from the Department of Agriculture’s (DA’s) School-on-the Air (SOA) program in a ceremony held at the Binirayan Gymnasium on Thursday.
Antique Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao, in her message during the graduation ceremony, expressed optimism that their learning could further increase the rice yield in the province.
The 1,002 Antiqueño farmers were trained on Hybrid Rice Production Technology using Rice Crop Manager Recommendation. SOA was aired over Catholic-run radio station DYKA for three and one-half months from Monday to Thursday morning starting last June.
“I am thankful to DA’s Agricultural Training Institute for many farmers are able to learn the new technology,” she said.
She said Antique for decades had been known as a poor province that’s why the training of farmers, such as in the SOA was really a big help.
Rey Castillo, one of the SOA graduates from the town of Bugasong said that they learned a lot from the program.
“Now, we have an idea about the kind of fertilizer that we are going to apply in our farms and when to apply it,” he said in the local dialect.
He also said through the techno-demonstration, they were able to have hands-on experience from the establishment of a farm until the harvest period. The techno-demo was held in identified barangays of the 18 towns in the province. (PNA)
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