Local govt and school officials gain know-how on organic farming
Davao City (29 January 2015) – A group of local government and school officials from Basilan province went on an educational tour to ACES Natural Farming Institute (ACES-NFI) in Panabo City this week to learn about organic and sustainable agriculture.
The tour was organized by the Department of Education-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) and included 31 barangay captains and 23 school principals from Basilan’s Tuburan district.
Lawyer Jamar Kulayan, ARMM education secretary, said it is part of their effort to expand vegetable gardening in schools and communities in the region under the Gulayan sa Paaralan program.
The program is also being supported by ARMM’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).
“We want to encourage local leaders and school officials to support organic farming and vegetable gardening. We want them to work hand in hand in transforming idle lands into productive vegetable gardens,” he said.
Kulayan said Gulayan sa Paaralan helps address food security and malnutrition, consistent to the initiatives being promoted by the administration of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman.
He added that participants in the educational tour can now help introduce cost-effective and sustainable farming methods in their communities.
Organic farming involves the use of techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control. (Bureau of Public Information)