Benguet State University

DepEd-CAR teachers trained to be Organic Agriculture mentors

By BSU UPAO - Posted on 23 May 2014

Dr. Jose G. Balaoing, NOARDC Director, with his assistant demonstrates to the seminar participants the proper way of soil testing at the BSU Demo Farm.

The BSU-National Organic Agriculture Research and Development Center or NOARDC initiated a Regional Trainers’ Training course on Practical Organic Agriculture for DepEd-CAR to integrate Organic Agriculture in the Elementary, Secondary, and Alternative Learning System Curriculum.

According to Noel Lenguaje, staff of NOARDC, the said training conducted on May 12-16 at Landbank, BSU, La Trinidad, Benguet will finalize the initial output of the organic farming awareness done with the three representatives of each of the seven provinces in CAR including Baguio City in November last year.

The representatives shall be the focal persons of the Organic Agriculture training course for their respective provinces.

The topics presented, discussed, and illustrated during the five-day training activity included Urban Gardening, Soil Testing, Vermi-composting, Disease and Weed Management, and Marketing.

Different reactions and opinions were noted from among the different participants. But as verbalized by Lenguaje “Integrating organic agriculture in the curriculum of basic education system would lead the farming communities through the young students to develop full appreciate and acceptance of the relevance of OA to food security, environment rejuvenation, and increased earning capacity. Moreover, the information dissemination for Organic Agriculture advocacy would find a better avenue made easier to the farmers because it would be their children who will teach them”.

On the other hand, Chester Bolcio, a staff of ALS in Kapangan, Benguet, found the initiative quite a challenge. In considering the prevailing situation of ALS, Bolco said: “I think we would first focus on the information dissemination campaign by creating awareness about Organic Agriculture. This topic will be included in subjects like Livelihood and Environment through essay/poem writing activities,” Bolcio explained.

The ten representatives came from Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Benguet, and Baguio City.// David Kidpo Jr. and May Songaben. 5-14-14