September 17, 2021

Farmers in Bukidnon IP have been taught to grow chemical-free carrots

At least 15 farmers from the Talaandig tribal group in Talakag, Bukidnon, were taught in producing chemical-free carrots, according to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Pea on Friday, September 17.

“Through the program, (about) 212 IP (indigenous people) families in the region were able to lower their (chemical fertilizer) costs. “Shifting to chemical-free agriculture may save them approximately PHP25,740 per hectare (in chemical fertilizer costs),” he stated in a recorded report broadcast on the DOST Facebook page.

This effort is anticipated to generate an extra profit of PHP608,588 each cycle,” de la Pea said.

According to the DOST head, the farmers are farming approximately 1,300 consolidated hectares of agricultural land, which they aim to convert completely to organic agriculture.

“This achievement has been made possible by a CEST (Community Empowerment through Science and Technology) initiative and a specific project financed by PCAARRD (Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development) in collaboration with DOST X,” he said.

The training, on the other hand, was conducted in collaboration with the Binahon Agroforestry Farm and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Alfonso Alamban, DOST Region X Director, informed the Philippine News Agency that the DOST had allotted PHP165,000 for the training.

“However, the whole project costs PHP2.99 million, which is split between PCAARRD and DOST-X. He stated in a Viber message that the project will last two years.

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