Organic Vegetable for a Healthier Community
A farmers’ main goal is to produce food not only for his family but generally for the whole country. When talking about feeding through the production of vegetables, one should be careful and handle it as best as possible to avoid contamination for it to be safe for consumption.
As Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues its activities in equipping extension workers and farmers the necessary technology in crop production, the management of ATI XII also saw it fit to include food safety in one of its training. On June 24 to 26, 2019 the ATI XII conducted training on vegetable production with food safety for farmers of Lebak, Sultan Kudarat.
A total of 33 farmers were present and their capabilities on vegetable production were enhanced through experiential learning sessions. They were taught the ABCs of vegetable production. Organic concoctions and fertilizers were also discussed and topics on food safety and its importance were likewise shared.
Mr. Emerly B. Batling, one of the participants, shared during the closing program of the training that, “Mismo sa bahay ko rin sisimulan ang food safety para sa aking pamilya. At sa pag uwi ko gagamitin ko talaga ang aking mga natutunan dito”.
Hearing impressions like this, which is a sudden change in one’s perspective and action, makes ATI XII management proud and keeps us believing that our efforts are worthwhile endeavor to uplift our farmers in the country.
The ATI was created pursuant to Executive Order no 338 (Restructuring the Department of Agriculture Providing Funds Therefore and Other Purposes) and in consistent with the Republic Act 8435 (Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997). Through Department Order no. 3, series of 2007, the Institute is mandated to lead in the provision of e-extension services in collaboration with the various agencies, bureaus and organizational units of the Philippine Department of Agriculture. This is to integrate and harmonize ICT-based extension delivery system for agriculture and fisheries.