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Farmers in Lucena receive training from the DA’s “PalaySikatan” program.

As part of the “PalaySikatan-Lakbay Palay” joint initiative of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Philippine Rice Research Institute or PhilRice-Los Baos, some 30 rice farmers from Barangay Mayao Parada in this city attended a seminar on Wednesday to advance their farming methods.

The farmers learned how to use modern farm equipment and diagnostic tools like the Minus-One Element Technique (MOET), which assesses the nutrient status of the soil, during the training sessions held under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF). They also learned which specific rice varieties adapt to their soils.

To secure food security in the city, Lucena City OIC Agriculturist Jairalou Merano informed the farmers that she hoped this initiative would further inspire future farmers, particularly the younger generation, to embrace farming.

“To increase our output, we should all be receptive to improvements in farming practices and machinery, such as mechanical harvesters and transplanters. In addition to maximizing the planting and harvesting season and providing food security, even just for rice, the perfect rice types will also help us “Merano threw in.

The barangay chairwoman of Mayao Parada, Evelyn Ramos, who was also present during the activity, stated that other agricultural cooperatives in their neighborhood would benefit from the information shared by the trainers from the DA national office.

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