JAGNA – On October 23, 149 farmers from six municipalities will receive certificates signifying the completion of a Farmers Field School on Location-Specific Technology Development (LSTD) in rice. The Location-Specific Technology Development Farmers’ Field Day and Graduation was held in the Atrium of the Jagna Business Center.
The farmer-graduates came from Brgy. Tejero, Jagna; Brgy. Sto. Nino, San Miguel; Brgy. Tubog, Ubay; Brgy. Cagawasan, Pilar; Brgy. Poblacion, Sierra Bullones and Brgy. Babag, Dagohoy. These farmer-graduates are the farmer innovators that have adopted the LSTD project.
Guests during the ceremony were Atty. Fortunato R. Abrenilla, mayor of Jagna; Hon. Alfredo U. Gumalo, mayor of Sierra Bullones; Ms. Ann Piquero-Dy, representative of Cong. Arthur Yap; Mr. Isabelito Tongco, representative of Governor Edgar Chatto; Vice Mayor Exuperio Lloren of Jagna; Ms. Celerina P. Galorio, chief of Planning and Monitoring Section of the APC; Dr. Maria Wencisa Egama, chief of Socio-Economic Section, APC; Ms. Fe Curato, representative of Mr. Larry M. Pamugas of the Provincial Agriculture Office.
The graduation was not the only highlight of the activity. The organizers made sure that every guest and farmer attending the Farmers’ Field Day and Graduation recited the Panumpa sa Pagdaginot sa Humay.
The Farmers’ Field School is a season-long technology transfer process on rice. It involves the establishment of demo farms of the farmer innovator and his attending the farmers’ school every Friday of the week. The LSTD Project was introduced to farmers in the efforts of the government to attain rice self sufficiency. This PhilRice technology is innovative and has been proven to be successful in increasing yield and profit as well as reducing input. This technology promotes the adoption of location-specific varieties of rice for high yield production as there are rice varieties that are only suitable to specific areas.
Farmers from Jagna and Dagohoy Mr. Henry Sedavia and Mr. Diosdado Casing respectively gave testimonies as to the benefits of the LSTD. They stressed on the importance of religiously following the techniques taught by rice technicians to maximize yield.
The activity was spearheaded by the Bohol Agricultural Promotion Center in coordination with the Local Government Unit of Jagna.