TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – Some 196 farmers from the different municipalities in the province were able to graduate from the Farmers School on the Air (FSOA) Program of the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) on Thursday, November 25, 2021, at the Mindanao Civic Center Gym, Sagadan, municipality of Tubod.
Themed “Tamang Teknologiya, Matagumpay na Pagsasaka”, the three-month-long program had been the fastest means and the effective medium in transmitting information to the farmer levels amid the challenges brought about by the pandemic for it served less expense on the part of the farmers/students.
The program was launched last April 19, 2021, for the first batch, with 150 farmer enrollees taking the module on “Good Agricultural Practices on Lowland Vegetable Production” and 100 enrollees in “Sakto nga Pagtanum ug Pagdumala sa Prutasan” module for the 2nd batch over radio stations DXNE 94.3 FM Radyo Kalambuan in Tubod, DXVL 107.7 Lite FM in Lala and BYB 105.10 in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte.
“This medium was used to disseminate agricultural development information in the rural areas that enabled interactive learning and training for farmers province-wide, limiting the risk of exposure to mass gatherings. It can serve as an alternative to face-to-face training activities traditionally done prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Michelle Merambel, PAO staff and FSOA anchor said.
On behalf of Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, the graduation ceremony was attended by Vice Governor Maria Christina ‘Cristy’ Atay and Honorable Reinario Bihag, SP Member and Chairman of Committee on Agriculture.
“Salamat sa inisyatibo sa atong halangdon na Governor, ubay-ubay gyud ang naka benepisyo sa maong programa sa Provincial Agriculture Office. Hinaot pa unta na mas mulambo pa ang inyong kahibalo sa pag-uma,” Vice Gov. Atay said.
(Thanks to the initiative of our Honorable Governor, many have benefited from this program of the Provincial Agriculture Office. I hope your farming knowledge will improve even more.)
Through the leadership of Letecia Ditucalan, Provincial Agriculturist, PAO also gave recognition and awards to ten (10) honor students of each batch and led a raffle draw with weighing scales, knapsack sprayers, shovels, stoves, rice cookers, boots, water sprinklers, etc. as prizes. PIO-LDN