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On February 12, 2014 at ten in the morning in barangay Mayana, Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Municipality of Jagna and Landcare Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. and East West Seed Company. The MOA signifies the collaborative effort entered into by the municipality with the above agencies and the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 7, Office of the Provincial Agriculture for the conduct of a Farmers’ Field School on Integrated Crop Management for Sustainable Vegetable Production. This is a 16-week farmers school with theory and practical learning on crop production.

Punong Barangay Servando Acas welcomed the guests Ms. Deseada Dabalos and Ms. Concordia Damalerio representing DA RFO 7, Mr. Custodio Dia of the HVCDP Crop Division Provincial Agriculture Office, representatives from Landcare Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. and East West Seed Company, Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla, Vice Mayor Bonifacio J. Virtudes, Jr., Mr. Camilo Rizano and personnel and staff of the Municpal Agriculture Office.

Representatives from Landcare Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. and East West Seed Company came. Mr. Edwin Sargido of Landcare challenged the farmers to be committed to the program by attending the sessions religiously. He said that to plant is for four reasons: for household consumption, for the community encouraging cultivation of harmonious social relationships, for the municipality as an economic activity and for the malnourished to solve the problem of malnutrition by providing fresh supply of crops.

East West Seed Company represented by Ms. Girlie Bañana, an expert on vegetable production, will facilitate the sessions.  The 16-week farmers’ school will cover 16 modules from land preparation to marketing. Twenty-five farmers from Mayana will learn innovations in crop management from Ms. Bañana.

Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla said that he will always support programs in agriculture. He believes that it is agriculture that is the engine of growth in the country. He challenged the farmer-participants to take advantage of the opportunity to learn new techniques in crop farming. He assured that farming is a priority in his administration.