More farmers are being trained to respond to climate change in the Climate Field School conducted in several locations in Negros Occidental.
The weekly onsite field school teaches farmer-leaders to enhance their technical skills and improve their decision-making abilities on what is best for the crops in extreme weather conditions, Armando Abaño, of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said yesterday.
The Climate Field School is modeled after the Farmers' Field School which guides farmers from pre-planting to post-harvesting. The program is a joint project of OPA and the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division.
The program has trained rice farmers in Manapla and Hinigaran during the drought and sessions are ongoing with rice farmers in Murcia, Toboso and Cauayan, and corn farmers in Calatrava, Abaño said.
He said the program seeks to validate and verify the effectiveness of farming technologies through application in various locations under varying weather conditions.
The program considers the climate factors that affect the crop growth and yield such as water availability, temperature, elevation and precipitation, he said.
“We are also watching incidences of pests and diseases as parameters in the crop's growth and yield,” he said.
“After this program, we will compile a conclusion of advantageous technologies in specific locations,” he said, “This can be used in the future recommendations of OPA to farms with the same factors as those in the Climate Field School.”
If there are proposals, OPA plans to conduct more field schools for corn and other high value crops to generate an updated study on all the agricultural products of the province.*KBC
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