As the former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “we cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” This inspired the project team headed by For. Nicasio M. Balahadia to conduct the “Young Farmers Training on Crop Production and Management” on 25 to 26 August 2018. It aimed to expose the youth to different crop production and management strategies and develop interest and be involved in farming. The team saw that involving the youth to the different activities related to sustainable farming is very important. More so, providing them with farming knowledge and skills are vital. This will help the youth to appreciate more and be enlightened on why farming is very important. The training was part of the activities of the project entitled: An Establishment of Indigenous Trees-Based Agroforestry Development Program in Mount Bulalo, Calauan, Laguna, Philippines, funded by the Philippine Geothermal Power Company, Inc (PGPC).
A total of 24 high school students participated the training representing the Kabataang Barangay and the two (2) barangays: Limao, Calauan and Bitin, Bay, Laguna. There were also four (4) barangay officials and two (2) high school teachers who attended the 2-day training. The training was divided into two (2) parts, lectures and an educational trip. Series of lectures on the following: Production and Management of Rice, Fruit Trees and Cash Crops, Basic Concepts and Principles of Agroforestry, and Organic Farming makes up the first day. For the second day, the participants visited the Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna to have an actual farming experience.
To gauge the effectiveness of the training, the participants were given a chance to asked questions and clarifications about the topics presented. Furthermore, they were requested to share their learnings and experiences about the different topics discussed.
Present also during the training were For. Rolly V. Breva, For. Emer C. Gestiada, For. Myranel S. Canceran, For. Aldin C. Alegre, For. Leonardo D. Barua, and For. Mae Belen L. Putian.
RVBreva and MSCanceran
Photos credit to: LDBarua, MBLPutian, ACAlegre, MSCanceran