Showcasing science and technology interventions MS Garma promotes organic rice farming via Harvest Festival & Techno-Forum
Passionate in mobilizing contemporary farm practices among agricultural stakeholders, the Tarlac College of Agriculture’s Techno Gabay Program (TCA-TGP) team facilitated a Harvest Festival and Techno-Forum on Science and Technology-Based Farm (STBF) on Organic-Based Rice Production on Sept. 25 at the Brgy. Gossood, Mayantoc, Tarlac.
The said event, which attracted more than a hundred participants consisting of farmers, representatives from various government agencies, officials of the provincial and local government units, members of farmer associations, and other esteemed guests, showcased the prevailing farm technologies through guided field tours to the demonstration farm of Municipal Councilor Tomy Garma, Mayantoc’sMagsasaka Siyentista.
Featuring the results of science and technology interventions introduced to MS Garma by the TCA-TGP team, the Harvest Festival and Techno-Forum primarily aimed to provide attendees the available technologies which can be adopted in order to increase their productivity and income.
“We should not be contended on the old fashioned farming methods that have been handed down to us. We should instead continuously look for new techniques to increase and improve our production,” MS Garma declared to the participants, underscoring his point by sharing the success of his organic-based rice production after using vermicompost and vermitea.
MS Garma stressed out that after implementing the STBF, he observed a significant increase in his rice production. He also found out that the application of vermicompost and vermitea yielded significant results, as compared to the application of commercial fertilizer.
During the program conducted in connection of the techno-forum, Dr. Yolanda Guillermo, the TGP team leader and TCA’s Director for Extension and Training (DET), presented the status of the Techno Gabay Program in the province of Tarlac.
An overview of the science and technology-based farm projects was then explained by Dr. Tessie E. Navarro, the College’s Vice President for Research, Extension and Training (VP-RET) and the TGP’s STBF Coordinator.
Dr. Cielito A. Beltran, dean of the College’s Institute of Agriculture and Forestry (IAF), introduced to the participants the package of technology utilized on MS Garma’s farm. Dr. Beltran also answered the farmers’ queries on organic farming during the open forum which was facilitated by Dr. Christine N. Ferrer, TGP’s Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Coordinator.
Notable personalities were also present during the said event to grace the occasion. These included Dr. Edwina K. Tabamo, Provincial Agriculturist; Hon. Tito G. Razalan, Board Member of the 1st District of Tarlac and Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture; Hon. Venus Razalan, Vice Mayor of Mayantoc; Dr. Max P. Guillermo, President of TCA; Ms. Margarita G. Sotero, Municipal Agriculturist of Mayantoc, and Hon. Jim Salmo, Barangay Chairman of Gossood.
In their messages, Hon. Razalan and Dr. Tabamo encouraged the participants to engage in organic farming as this complements the provincial government’s thrust of “Natural Tarlac.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Guillermo declared that the College will always be there to support the farmers, and TCA will work even harder to help them increase and improve their production.
The Harvest Festival and Techno Forum was conducted through the joint efforts of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Central Luzon Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (CLARRDEC), Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute Regional Field Office 3 (DA-ATI RFO3), Provincial Government of Tarlac, Municipality of Mayantoc, and TCA.
With the affair being an excellent source of agricultural technological innovations, the farmer-participants were expected to improve their farming endeavors, amid pressing factors such as climate change, rising costs of product inputs, among others.