Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday the recently inaugurated P3 million Negros First Organic Technology Center (NFOTeC) in Tabunan, Bago City, means that more opportunities to learn the technology on organic farming will now be addressed.
Masculino said this facility will host training courses in organic farming in Negros, in line with the flagship program to boost food sufficiency of the province.
The construction of the training center started in 2016 and was finished late last year, with the inauguration held Friday.
The facility is intended for the training of interested farmers who are engaged in, or want to be part of the organic farming movement in the province, Masculino said.
Training courses to be offered at the NFOTeC will be fully on organic agriculture, and the program will be in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center.
Masculino also said they plan to start conducting trainings in the facility in the second quarter of 2018, with 20 to 50 farmers.
“We want to start in small groups composed of whoever is interested to learn organic farming,” he said, adding that the training will be for free.
They are just waiting for the accreditation of their training managers and assessors assigned in NOFTeC, he said.
Apart from organic crops, raising free range chicken will also be taught in the facility, in partnership with the Provincial Veterinary Office, he added.
In an interview, Masculino also stressed the importance of organic farming as it could make Negrenses healthier, and help the farmers decrease their production cost and the prices of organic crops.
“Ultimately, if people in Negros go organic, we could decrease the cost of production and prices of crops in the province,” he said. *MLG
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