Benguet State University

Manuals on organic agriculture by local authors launched at the BSU La Trinidad library

By upao - Posted on 02 March 2018


Four manuals on organic agriculture were added to the BSU La Trinidad-Main Library collection. The books were launched and handed to the University Library and Information Services (ULIS) Director, Mr. Lauren P. Kipaan by their respective authors in a program on February 28, 2018.

Dr. Ruth S. Batani, Office of Extension Services Director, explained that the launching is a way of informing the public of the BSU TIM (BSU Technology Innovation Menu), a package of technologies for specific crops based on farmer’s needs.

The books launched are: "Bungkalan-Manwal sa Organikong Pagsasaka","Ecological Way of Producing Strawberry", “Organic Farming: The Benguet State University Experience”, and "Organic Fertilizer Production."

The "Bungkalan-Manwal sa Organikong Pagsasaka" by the Unyon ng mga Mangagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) provides a comprehensive guide to practicing organic agriculture on land that used to be haciendas. It also narrates the experiences of farmers in the haciendas, and how the Kooperatibang Bungkalan works. The book is published by the University of the Philippines (UP) Sentro ng Wikang Filipino Diliman and is cited by the CNN as one of the best books written in Filipino. BSU, being an agricultural school is one of the current book tour stops of Bungkalan along with UP Baguio and Mt. Cloud. UMA was represented by Ms. Angie Ipong.

The books titled “Ecological Way of Producing Strawberry and “Organic Farming: The Benguet State University Experience” by Dr. Silvestre L. Kudan document how the University under the leadership of Dr. Rogelio D. Colting pioneered organic agriculture in 2004. The books also contain detailed Return of Investments of Dr. Kudan’s farm showing how profitable organic agriculture could be. It was published by the BSU Office of Extension Services-Technology Packaging and Information Division.

The book, “Organic Fertilizer Production" by Dr. Carlito P. Laurean and Dr. Asuncion L. Nagpala is a user-friendly and cost-efficient guide into making organic fertilizers. It presents alternative methods of producing organic fertilizers even with limited resources. The book is actually a part of the Farm Primer Series published by DOST- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD). It was an output of the research, “Organic Fertilizers and Microbials for Improved Soil Fertility in Organic Vegetable Production in Cordillera Administrative Region” implemented by BSU researchers.

BSU President, Dr. Feliciano G. Calora Jr. commended the book authors and challenged those who are present to also write books.
“Ang dapat ho kasi…especially sa mga magsasaka din, magsulat din kayo tungkol sa inyong mga ginagawa. Hindi naman ibig sabihin noon na iyong mga may karapatang magsulat ay iyong nasa akademiya lang. Puwede din naman may magsulat para sa inyo, ang importante ho naman doon, bigyan ninyo ng konsepto o kung anong mensahe ang iyong nais iparating,”(Farmers should write down their knowledge and activities. It’s not only people from the academe who can write. You can also ask other people to write for you, just give them the concept or the message you wish to impart.) Dr. Calora said.

The launching was organized by the OES and Cordillera Organic Agriculture Research and Development Center (COARDC). It was attended by BSU employees and students, members of the press and guests from NGOs, PCAARRD, HARRDEC and UMA.

On the same occasion, the Centennial Marker at the BSU La Trinidad library was unveiled by VP for Research and Extension, Dr. Carlito P. Laurean and ULIS Director, Mr. Lauren P. Kipaan.//JST